'Would love to see': Some Chelsea fans want 25-year-old to start against Lille tomorrow

A handful of Chelsea supporters on social media have asked Thomas Tuchel to start Timo Werner tomorrow night against Lille.

The French side will make the short trip across the channel on Tuesday to contest the Champions League round of 16 first leg at Stamford Bridge.

Lille’s Ligue 1 form might be encouraging for the Blues, but misjudging their guests could be perilous.

Werner for the win

We expect Thomas Tuchel to respect his opposite number by putting out a team worthy of defending their continental crown.

Within our predicted XI, Tuchel makes the bold decision to remove Romelu Lukaku in favour of Werner.

The German international hasn’t featured much in the past few months, mainly due to the bout of covid he suffered in December.

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He is yet to start a February fixture, with the 25-year-old subjected to substitute appearances.

His last European outing was a good one, however, scoring twice and assisting away to Zenit St. Petersburg on matchday six.

Werner also scored in the previous win at home to Juventus, meaning he is Chelsea’s top scorer in the tournament this season.

Perhaps this is the deciding factor behind the fan’s call for his inclusion from the off against Lille.

Here’s what they had to say about Timo on Twitter:

Timo to take the stage

As seen above, many of the cries for Werner’s addition come at the expense of Lukaku.

Chelsea’s record-signing hit another flat note last weekend, managing a mere six touches from open play during the Premier League visit to Crystal Palace.

Watching on from the bench, Werner must’ve wondered why he failed to replace the Belgian at any point during the game.

Tuchel might decide to make the switch for the Lille showdown, for Lukaku’s sake but also to give his other forwards a chance to impress.

Having not scored since the 5-1 victory over Chesterfield at beginning of January, Werner really needs to woo his boss.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.