Darren Bent suggests Tuchel was playing Chelsea man in a position he never wanted to play last season

Darren Bent has suggested that Chelsea man Timo Werner was used in a position last season by manager Thomas Tuchel that he didn’t want to play.

Werner, 25, is a versatile attacker that has been deployed in various different areas across the final third.

The Germany international ended up with 12 goals and 15 assists during the last campaign across all competitions for the Blues, but still received a fair share of criticism over his finishing.

Pundit Bent thinks that Werner never wanted to play as a central striker the times he was forced to last season under Tuchel.

The speedster commonly played down the middle following Tuchel’s mid-season arrival at the start of the 2021 calendar year, however, Bent is convinced he doesn’t want to play in a system with a sole striker.

“I don’t think Timo Werner ever wanted to be that out-and-out number nine. I think he liked playing better with a big man [at RB Leipzig]. Now you’ve got someone like Lukaku there I think we may see the best of Timo Werner,” Bent said on Headline Makers, as quoted by Football-Mania on Youtube.

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Lukaku signing changes dynamic for Werner

Of course, Tuchel was very limited with what he could do last season regarding Werner.

He did have the option between Werner and Kai Havertz to operate down the middle, with the former often getting the job where he worked his socks off. It seems Werner isn’t quite cut out for the role within the Chelsea system, but he can definitely enjoy success there on the international stage.

The game has changed now for Werner, though, now that powerhouse centre-forward Lukaku is at the Bridge. 

Lukaku thrives operating as the target man scoring goals and linking with attackers, which should suit Werner down to the ground. 

Havertz and Mason Mount have been the lucky ones playing in inverted number 10 positions trying to get close to Lukaku, so this is surely a new-look role that Werner will be tried in imminently. 

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