Jody Morris suggested that Timo Werner would lose his place in the Chelsea line-up if he continues to perform below par.
Speaking on Stadium Astro after the Blues drew 1-1 with Manchester United yesterday, Morris made a damaging prediction about Werner’s season.
The German started a club match last night for the first time since he sustained a hamstring injury against Malmo over a month ago.
He played through the middle, with Romelu Lukaku left on the bench, as the Belgian continues his road to recovery.
It was a big occasion for Werner and a bold call from Thomas Tuchel.
As it transpired, asking the 25-year-old to spearhead the attack was not sensible.
United got almost everybody behind the ball, making it difficult for any Chelsea player to penetrate beyond their back-line.
Especially for their speedy forward, who thrives off running into space and stretching opponents.
No such luxury was afforded to Werner, who changed places with Lukaku in the final eight minutes.
What’s up with Werner?
It was an opportunity squandered for the former RB Leipzig frontman.
One which Morris wondered would come around again for the no.11.
“At the moment, it’s not quite happening for him,” said the ex-Chelsea coach on Werner’s struggles.
“He will find it extremely hard I think to get game time when you’ve got the performances that are going on in and around the attacking areas at the moment.
“You’ve got your Callum Hudson-Odois, you’ve (Mason) Mount who’s about to come back in the team, I’m sure. Even (Christian) Pulisic.
“At the moment, the level that Chelsea players are performing at, I don’t think you’re going to get many opportunities if you’re not producing.
“His biggest problem will be utilising the minutes that he does get, that he is trying to get good performances in, good teamwork in and he can get on the goalscoring sheet, he will find himself chances to get minutes.
“Callum Hudson-Odoi, there haven’t been many better playing than him in the last four or five games.
“Although he didn’t have one of his best games [against United], the attacking players Chelsea have, it will be difficult for anybody to get regular minutes at the moment.”
Quality in abundance
Chelsea are truly blessed in the forward department, making Werner’s task at tying down a regular spot even more difficult.
As Morris mentioned, Mount and Pulisic are both champing at the bit following their respective absences.
Hudson-Odoi is almost undroppable currently, having featured in the last nine fixtures across all competitions.
Then there’s Lukaku and Kai Havertz to come back in.
Not to mention Hakim Ziyech, who is also enjoying a decent run in the side.
A healthy headache for Tuchel to overcome, but one that will be giving Werner a migraine.