'Isn’t a Chelsea player': TalkSPORT pundit believes 25-year-old is not 'good enough' to play for the Blues

Gabby Agbonlahor slammed Timo Werner for being below the standard of Chelsea football club.

Speaking on talkSPORT, Agbonlahor attacked the inconsistent centre-forward and his confusing career at Stamford Bridge.

Werner has certainly not enjoyed the most joyous of journeys following his £45m (Sky) move from RB Leipzig to South West London last summer.

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A persevering player he might be; a lethal finisher he is certainly not.

Unfortunately, Chelsea signed the 25-year-old due to his excellent scoring record for the Bundesliga side.

Those skills have not yet been transferred across the pond, as concerns over Werner continue to mount.

Werner’s woes

Yet, Thomas Tuchel has shown a lot of faith in his fellow countryman, despite the criticism over the attacker’s quality.

He started the German international ahead of club-record signing Romelu Lukaku against Leeds United last weekend.

Werner failed to break down Marcelo Bielsa’s men and made way with a quarter of an hour remaining.

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Lukaku entered the fray on the 87th minute to try turn the impending draw into a victory.

“I think Thomas Tuchel needs a kick up the back-side as well because I’m looking at Lukaku, £90m striker on the bench again,” said Agbonlahor.

“He’s played 78 minutes in four Premier League games and Lukaku wasn’t out for five months.

“He doesn’t take four games (to get up to speed) and you’re playing someone like Werner in front of him who isn’t a Chelsea player. No way near.

“He’s been miles off it since he came to Chelsea. Not been good enough. The odd game he will score a good goal but not been no way near good enough.

“If I’m Lukaku I’m thinking ‘I’ve left Inter as a £90m striker to come to Chelsea and I’m only getting brought on today because they need a goal in the 87th minute.’”  

Not doing their job

In the end, neither Lukaku nor Werner saved the day for Chelsea.

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That accolade was left to Jorginho, who put away his second penalty in the 94th minute to seal the result for the Blues.

Mason Mount scored the first for Tuchel’s team, before Jorginho’s first spot-kick of the day sent the hosts in front.

It says a lot about the side right now that they are relying on goals from their midfielders – and quite often defenders – to win them matches.

Werner and Lukaku need to up the ante if they are to avoid being left in the dust by their traditionally less defensive co-workers.  

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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.