Joe Cole is predicting that Chelsea forward Timo Werner is going to have a “big impact” in the team this season.
Werner, 25, has had a challenging start to the new campaign because of the competition within the squad. Romelu Lukaku has arrived to be the number nine, which leaves him vying for a starting position in one of the two attacking roles just behind.
The German attacker has started just one of the opening four Premier League games this term.
Blues manager Thomas Tuchel has so much attacking talent to pick from, so it’s going to be interesting to see how much he rotates. Werner, Mason Mount, Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic are essentially fighting for two positions each week.
Pundit and ex-Blues star Cole expects Tuchel to mix his team selection around fairly frequently over the course of the season.
He’s still got big faith in speed machine Werner:
“I think Timo Werner is a fantastic player, he made such an impact in terms of the Champions League win and I think he’ll make a big impact this year. At the moment, the manager is going with other players but that will rotate and change throughout the season,” Cole told the Daily Mail.
Werner needs to find ruthless streak quickly
Of course, the area of Werner’s game that is often criticised is his inconsistent finishing.
He’s got all the tools of a top forward with his pace, movement and work rate.
It was a successful debut season from him at Chelsea last year despite some blunders in front of goal, but it’s a different environment this season.
Werner was a fairly regular starter this season, but the acquisition of a goal machine in Lukaku makes it harder for him to get in the best XI.
There are plenty who want to see a Werner-Lukaku combination tested by Tuchel and perhaps that’s the best way of getting into the line up.
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