Micah Richards believes that Timo Werner can thrive at Chelsea in the future if given more time.
Werner, 25, is one of the Blues players at Stamford Bridge that receives the most attention on a weekly basis.
The German attacker scored 12 goals and made 15 assists during his debut season last year for the London club. Also, he played an important role in the historic winning of the Champions League.
However, he often comes under real scrutiny for his sporadic finishing.
Chelsea’s signing of Romelu Lukaku in the summer was a major hint that Werner isn’t going to be the main central striker moving forward. It’s worth noting, though, that the speedster can play in attacking roles behind or either side of a central spearhead.
Richards claimed yesterday that he’s still confident Werner can be a success at Chelsea.
A few hours later he scored a header for the Blues in the Carabao Cup third round tie against Aston Villa, which Thomas Tuchel’s side eventually won on penalties.
“I think it’s difficult with the form of Lukaku, who’s been brilliant since he signed,” Richards responded when asked if Werner will make it at Chelsea.
“I think Werner was more of a wide forward anyway, especially on the left-hand side cutting inside as well.
“I think he can make it at Chelsea. I don’t think he’ll be the number nine, but he makes some intelligent runs… I think give him time he will become good. He won’t make it as a number nine, but in the wide positions he could do a good job.”
Timo Werner has big support from Chelsea fans
For Werner, he’ll know that the support from within Stamford Bridge is massively in his favour.
There is always going to be external noise and criticism from some online, but Wednesday night he was receiving plenty of encouragement.
His superb header against Villa should give him confidence, albeit his Blues career so far was summed up when moments later he missed a one-on-one chance.
Werner has only started one of Chelsea’s opening five Premier League games, but hopefully his cup appearance can be a platform for him to kick on.
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