‘It’s hard to say’: Chelsea’s ‘underappreciated’ star is considering his future, says he wants to play more
Timo Werner has told the Daily Mail that he wants to play more football, claiming he could be happy at another club.
The German struggled to establish himself as a regular starter under Thomas Tuchel last season, as he notched up just four league goals to add to his six from last campaign.
He tended to feature in the traditionally weaker cup side, where he proved prolific with seven goals in cup competitions.
A fierce battle for places appeared to be the undoing of Werner last season, and the addition of assured starter Raheem Sterling as direct competition is not set to help his cause.
In a World Cup year, it is important for the 26-year-old to feature regularly in order to hold off competition in the German national team, with his manager Hansi Flick already claiming he is ‘underappreciated’.
Werner considering his future
He told the Daily Mail that this is in his mind, whilst also claiming he wasn’t in the manager’s thoughts for large periods of last season.
He said: “It is hard to say. I didn’t ask but I think of course the manager always has different ideas, different thoughts and what you need in different games, I think in many games I was not in his thoughts so I try to change that.
“It is clear I want to play more and I should play more to first be in good shape for the World Cup and also, to have a chance to play at the World Cup. I think it doesn’t change anything whether it is a winter World Cup or in the summer. I think if I play half or the season or the whole season, I should play.
“I could be happy everywhere.”
With Armando Broja’s likely departure, Werner could push for a starting role as the number nine at Chelsea, with countryman Kai Havertz yet to find his feet as a regular goalscorer too.
Confidence has affected the German since he joined the club, so getting him in the right areas to score more often could be the key to a drastic turn in form.