According to Joe Cole, who thinks Frank Lampard should drop the struggling Chelsea forward, Timo Werner “needs to brush up on his finishing”
After sealing a £ 47.5 million ($ 64 million) deal with RB Leipzig, Chelsea snapped Werner up on a five-year contract in June, reportedly beating the likes of Liverpool, Bayern Munich, and Real Madrid to his signature.
The 24-year-old established himself at Red Bull Arena as one of the most prolific goal scorers in Europe, but during his first few months at Stamford Bridge, he was not quite as productive in the final third.
Out of 20 appearances in all Blues competitions this season, the German international has just eight goals to his credit, and has not found the back of the net in any of his past eight outings.
As Chelsea endured a second consecutive loss at the hands of Wolves on Tuesday night, Werner drew another blank, with Lampard still seems uncertain how best to exploit his talents.
Before switching to the left in the second half, the former Leipzig star started the game on the right, but was eventually unable to impact the game on either side, and Cole thinks he’s desperately in need of a break after a disappointing start to his career in West London.
“I think Werner, when he comes in off that left, he’s very very dangerous,” the former Blues winger told Amazon Prime Video after his old club’s 2-0 defeat at Molineux.
I just think he just needs to brush up on his finish, but he’s a young striker, and he’s going to do that. I have no doubts that Chelsea will be a top player, but now there are choices and he [Lampard] has to switch it around.[Hakim] Ziyech and [Callum] Hudson-Odoi are freshening things up at some point to come back in. Take out Werner, take him back in.
Usually, and definitely, this year, winning a title is a marathon. You have to use the entire team.
“So Werner maybe come out, bring the other lads back in.”
Cole is also optimistic that Werner will be successful at Chelsea, and he gave the same evaluation of fellow countryman Kai Havertz, who has also struggled to live up to expectations since moving from Bayer Leverkusen to the Bridge in the summer transfer window with his £ 70 million ($ 94 million).