Nagelsmann & Hasenhuttl off Werner advice
Timo Werner has ultimately not been able to replicate the kind of goalscoring form which earned him a move to Chelsea from RB Leipzig during the previous summer window.
Several of his former coaches have since come out to have their say on the German striker, suggesting ways in which first Frank Lampard, and now Thomas Tuchel, could get more from the forward.
“Timo was the undisputed star striker in Leipzig for a long time, with many goals and a lot of influence on the development of the club. He always played there, even when he made a meter less in training.”
“At Chelsea he is one of many stars and has to Working on certain things, Thomas Tuchel will surely tell him that,” said RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann.
Meanwhile, Southampton and former Leipzig boss Ralph Hasenhuttl suggested that Werner is a player which the team must focus on to get the best from him.
“He is definitely a player where you have to adapt your game on him. If you do this, he will give you everything you need from a striker. But therefore, he has some qualities you really have to focus on,” said the Austrian coach.
“The good thing for him, I think at Leipzig, when I was there, is we concentrated completely on his qualities.”
Werner has often been used in a wider role to allow for one of Tammy Abraham or Olivier Giroud to occupy the central striking position at Chelsea.
Werner admits struggle
Ahead of Chelsea’s trip to Anfield, where Werner could once again be used in a wider position, the German international has spoken honestly about the struggles he has endured since moving to Stamford Bridge.
When asked about his goal drought, the attacker admitted that it was difficult for him to deal with.
“It was tough for me because I want to help the team,” Werner told the BBC. “I want to score, it’s in my nature, I am a striker. I never had it in my career before,” he added when asked about the goal drought.”
“You can always learn more from the bad situations. I learned to trust in myself, to give everything on the pitch, not only think about goals and fight for the team.
“Now I hope this period is gone and I score a few more goals until the end of the season.”
Werner has only scored 5 goals in 25 Premier League appearances this season. However, he has added 8 assists and a different dimension to his game, helping to create for his teammates.
Should the 24-year-old add the kind of goalscoring form he managed in Germany to his game in England, he has the potential to be an all-round top-class striker, and justify the transfer fee the Blues paid for him.
This article was edited by Conor Laird.
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