‘You have to play’: Darren Bent thinks Thomas Tuchel always needs to pick ‘erratic’ Chelsea star

Darren Bent has claimed that Timo Werner is someone that Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel always needs to pick.

For context, Werner is currently sidelined through injury and isn’t likely to be back before the November international break.

However, when fit, Bent thinks that the 25-year-old has to be a part of the starting line-up at Stamford Bridge.

“In front of goal, he’s a little bit erratic. He doesn’t score as many as he should do. Because his movement is so good and the outlet that he gives Chelsea in terms of the chances he creates just sheerly by his pace, he’s a player you have to play,” Bent said.

He started just four of the opening eight league matches before his injury, so is still trying to win over his manager.

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Werner conundrum rolls on at Chelsea

Of course, Chelsea’s opponents won’t like facing an attacker in Werner that has lightning speed and superb movement. The German’s sporadic finishing is well known, though. 

Unfortunately, he picked up an injury problem just at a time when he was getting some regular minutes. 

Blues manager Thomas Tuchel was trying him out as part of a two-man attack alongside Romelu Lukaku, which is a striker combination that perhaps will be revisited again in the future.

It does feel like Chelsea are still trying to solve the Werner puzzle because he can do more. Fans will want to see the same forward that scored 95 goals in 159 RB Leipzig appearances. In comparison, he’s got 14 goals in 62 Chelsea matches since joining last summer.

Cesc Fabregas suggested this week Werner looks “fed up” at times on the pitch, but that’s only because he’s not always on the same wavelength as teammates.

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Goals all over the squad

Chelsea have remarkably had 16 different goalscorers already this season.

Romelu Lukaku (4) leads the way ahead of the trio of Mason Mount (3), Ben Chilwell (3) and Kai Havertz (3).

It’s a slightly unconventional way to mount a possible title challenge, but it doesn’t matter where the goals come from as long as they keep going in.

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