‘You have to play him’: Darren Bent suggests Tuchel must start 25-year-old Chelsea star more often

Darren Bent suggested Timo Werner had all the right traits to remain a regular for Chelsea this season.

Speaking on Premier league productions, Bent wanted to remind everyone of the German’s skill set that can often be drowned out by criticism.

Werner has been forced to grow a thick skin since his move to Stamford Bridge from RB Leipzig for £45m last summer.

Barren stretches without scoring, glaringly open chances wasted, 16 goals chalked off by VAR; all have contributed to the negative comments aimed at the 25-year-old.

But the centre-forward sometimes likes to remind his cynics why the Blues bought him the first place.

A tidy finish against Southampton on the weekend took Werner’s tally up to two for the term.

Admittedly, this is nothing to shout and scream about.

But in the context of the Chelsea squad, this is an achievement.

He is only the third player in Thomas Tuchel’s squad to have scored more than once this year, along with Trevoh Chalobah and Romelu Lukaku.

His importance is there for all to see, even if the lines are sometimes pretty blurred.

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