Timo Werner has been warned he will be ‘moved on’ unless he improves quickly after Thomas Tuchel’s‘telling’ comments on the Chelsea forward.
Werner has endured a mixed spell at Stamford Bridge following his £47.5m move from RB Leipzig and former Blues striker Tony Cascarino says patience may be running thin at Chelsea.
Despite helping Chelsea win the champions league reach the FA final and secure a top-four finish in the Premier League last season, Germany international Werner attracted criticism for his wayward finishing.
The 25-year-old has scored two goals in his last three appearances for the Blues but could be set for a frustrating season as he plays back-up to club-record signing Romelu Lukaku.
Tuchel was happy Werner got on the scoresheet in Saturday’s victory over Southampton but said afterwards there was room for improvement in his game.
All of us [are relieved with his goal] but in the end, he was where he needs to be,’ Tuchel said in his post-match press conference.
‘He has to keep on going, he can improve his game, a lot to improve but we are happy and relieved also that he scored in the late minutes of this game.
It was a very important goal to secure the win and on the other hand he was there where he needed to be.’
Cascarino believes Tuchel’s comments were ‘telling’ and has warned Werner that he will be sold unless he improves his finishing.
‘Thomas Tuchel’s comment that there were “a lot of things to improve” for Timo Werner after his goal against Southampton was telling,’ he said.
Chelsea fans have been loyal to misfiring centre forwards, such as Andriy Shevchenko and Fernando Torres, in the past and the same has been true of Werner, but strikers cannot be simply OK at big clubs.
‘The German cannot continue to miss so many big chances, because otherwise – just as with Shevchenko and Torres – the club will move him on.’
Chelsea’s 3-1 victory over Southampton saw the club climb to the top of the Premier League table after seven matches.