Paul Merson said Chelsea might want to consider offloading Timo Werner this summer after what he claimed to be a disappointing first season at Stamford Bridge.
This has been a quite strange season for the Blues because none of their new attackers has really lived up to their expectations.
Of course, Chelsea have great talents on their hands — we have already seen what Werner, Kai Havertz and Timo Werner are capable of on the pitch.
But they have not been able to perform consistently, and it is often difficult to tell whether they will single-handedly win the game for the team or go missing in the next game.
Merson has expressed his concerns about Werner’s form this season, in particular.
“I’m not sure about Werner, I do not think it is working,” he told Sky Sports.
“I watch him and when you are buying that type of player for that type of money, I’d want a little bit more of a finished product for what I have got.
“There looks like there is a lot to work on, which is strange really.
“This lad does things on the pitch and you are like, ‘really?’
“He will go down the wing and just cross it into the box when no-one is in there.
“I’ve been disappointed with him to be honest and for me, I would try and see what I can do with him this summer.”
This is obviously a very harsh verdict on Werner.
He has not been the goalscoring machine that he was at RB Leipzig, but he still has 10 goals and eight assists across all competitions for Chelsea this season.
His pace has also proved to be a very great tactical instrument at times and could make the difference in games.
Werner has missed a lot of big chances, second-most in the league, actually (16 – via Premier League’s official website) — but it also suggests that he has been getting into dangerous positions and would only need to improve his finishing, and more importantly his self-confidence.
Like Mason Mount, Werner is one of the few Chelsea attackers that has always been fit, having made 41 appearances for the Blues in all competitions, which adds to the list of the reasons why he is an important squad member at the club.