Tony Cascarino suggests the two Chelsea players that can’t play together
Tony Cascarino has explained that he feels there is a real problem that Chelsea face when trying to fit both Christian Pulisic and Timo Werner into the same starting XI.
Cascarino has suggested that both attackers are most effective operating from the left wing, which is something that leaves manager Frank Lampard with a real dilemma.
Pulisic, who cost the Blues £58million (BBC), has been excellent since his move to Stamford Bridge from Borussia Dortmund and he’ll hope his second season at the club eclipses a strong first year.
The 22-year-old American can play on either flank, but looks more comfortable cutting in from the left and impressed from that position on Monday night in the 1-1 draw with Aston Villa.
Meanwhile, £170,000-a-week (Spotrac) forward Werner has had a turbulent time since his summer arrival from RB Leipzig.
The 24-year-old is a speed machine that is still trying to find his best position in the side, as he’s shown qualities as both a winger and a central striker in his career so far.
“[Werner] is blisteringly quick, his touch is not exceptional, he’s technically not bad but not great… he can’t play centre-forward on his own,” Cascarino told talkSPORT.
“He just can’t, because he can’t lead a line or bring players into play. He has to play off the left side of someone.
“The problem Frank has is that [Christian] Pulisic was probably Chelsea’s most dangerous forward [against Villa] and he looked very lively and always wanted to get on the left. Pulisic is a better left-sided player than Werner in the way Chelsea play. It’s one of Frank’s biggest challenges he has got over the next few games.”
Pulisic is arguably the most talented individual in the Chelsea ranks right now and he’s shown he can be the talisman at Stamford Bridge, which is why it’s important he’s given a permanent role in his favoured position on the left.
It certainly poses questions about where Werner fits into the situation, but contrary to Cascarino’s beliefs he’s shown he can be effective through the middle and Chelsea are still just trying to find their best combination.
Hakim Ziyech’s return to the side from injury on the right flank should help finding a greater balance and Werner needs a run of games through the middle to try recapture his best form.