Rafael van der Vaart was full of praise for Chelsea creative pair; Hakim Ziyech and Mason Mount, but criticised Timo Werner’s one-dimensional playing style.
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has rotated his front three quite often since he arrived in January, but it seems like he already has his preferred options recently.
Kai Havertz as a No.9 with Mason Mount and either Christian Pulisic or Timo Werner in the two inside forward roles — this is Chelsea front three looked like in the past three games.
Former Real Madrid midfielder Van der Vaart, however, insisted that Ziyech should be given more game time.
He also claimed the Morocco international is the most creative player in the current Chelsea squad.
“No, it’s because he [Ziyech] is the best option,” Van der Vaart told Ziggo Sport when asked whether he only said that because he knew the winger from his time at Ajax.
“He is always able to provide for the striker and Giroud needs guys like him.
“Mount plays in exactly the same way, so that’s why I would pick him too.
“Timo Werner is super fast, and maybe that is something good to have in an away game when Chelsea are under pressure, but all he does is put his head down and run, which leads to nothing.
“Mount is a terrific footballer, and I think he can get even better as he gains some power, but Werner is truly a blind horse.
“He has already shown that’s what he’s like when he played in Germany – and he’s doing it again now.”
While Van der Vaart made a good argument about Ziyech’s deserving more game time, his point about Werner is slightly unfair to the German.
Werner might not have the vision that Ziyech and Mount have, but these creative outlets would certainly love having someone with his pace as a target on the pitch.
Ideally, both Ziyech and Werner can play together, but there are unfortunately only three attacking spots in Tuchel’s 3-4-3 system.