Frank Leboeuf says Timo Werner should not be first-choice striker at Chelsea

Frank Leboeuf still thinks Timo Werner should not lead the line for Chelsea as he sees Olivier Giroud as a better option for the striker position.

Werner finally ended his 12-game goal-drought with his goal against League Two side Morecambe on Sunday.

It was a simple tap-in and many expected more from such a talented goalscorer, but it was still a big relief after a long run of games without scoring.

Former Blues defender Leboeuf was not convinced with the Germany international’s performance as a No.9, however.

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“According to what we saw lately, I think Giroud should be in the pole position for the No.9 position,” he told ESPN FC.

“[Werner] should mostly be on the left because Ziyech is going to play on the right.

“But I don’t see him as a striker. He’s struggling against big defenders in the Premier League.”

Leboeuf also said that Werner might need more time to adapt to a new league, but still thinks Chelsea should go for the safer choice with Giroud who has been in fine form.

“Right now, I see Giroud as a saviour for Chelsea,” he added.”

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The Chronicle view

Giroud, who has bagged seven goals in his last five starts in all competitions for Chelsea, is obviously in a better form than Werner at the moment.

Giroud also arguably offers more than Werner in the build up.

In the match against Morecambe, for example, Werner by far had the fewest touches among Chelsea starters (26 touches in 68 minutes).

In comparison, Ziyech also had a similar number of minutes made 89 touches, although from a deeper position.

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While Giroud clearly doesn’t have the pace like Werner, his bigger frame allows him to plays with his back to the goal which is the situation Chelsea attackers would be when playing against teams that defend deep.

Then there is also Tammy Abraham who has also been in a good form with three goals in his last two starts and certainly deserves to be in the discussion as well.

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