TCC View: Chelsea must look at Drogba's debut season before making a decision on Werner

Chelsea should look back at Didier Drogba’s maiden campaign for the club as evidence that Timo Werner deserves time to produce his best work.

90min recently claimed that Werner was debating his future at Stamford Bridge, just a year after arriving from RB Leipzig.

They say the German is bothered by the Blues’ insistence on signing another striker, who could take his place in the squad.

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Personally, I don’t buy this story.

Sure, players might consider how a new recruit might affect their position in the team.


Competition for spots is part and parcel of the sport and Werner knows that.

But to think about leaving, less than two seasons into your contract, seems a bit suspect to me.

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If anything, an additional centre-forward might even benefit the 25-year-old.

Most of his best work for Chelsea came when he was stationed out wide or as one of the two no.10s in Thomas Tuchel’s 3-4-2-1 system.

Doing it Drogba style

However, if 90mins report is to be believed, then the Blues must glance over at Drogba’s debut term before making a verdict on Werner.

The Ivorian was signed in 2004 from Marseille for £23.8m (Guardian), not too dissimilar to Werner’s £45m (Sky Sports) fee.

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In 41 appearances across all competitions, Drogba managed 16 goals and eight assists.

Compare that to Werner’s 12 goals and 15 assists in 52 games, the pair have quite a lot in common.

Skip ahead to Drogba’s second season and his numbers only marginally improved.

2005/06 provided 16 goals again but he added an extra eight assists to his previous record.

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These figures certainly didn’t suggest he would go on to be one of Chelsea’s greatest ever forwards.

But the former Golden Boot winner did much more than simply stick the ball in the back of the net.

He was a menace to defenders, he brought others into play and clearly, he didn’t mind setting up the odd goal himself.

That is exactly what Werner can do and it’s exactly why the Blues must give him a second chance if they are even thinking about selling him.

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Individuals who have moved from another country to another league need time to settle, especially if they’ve done it during a pandemic.

Drogba was allowed time to transform, so why shouldn’t Werner?

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.