Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel backs Timo Werner in pre-Carabao Cup press conference
Werner improving in ‘the stuff you don’t see’
It is impossible to argue with the notion that German international forward Timo Werner has still yet to fully adapt to life in the Premier League at Chelsea.
Since his high-profile move from Bundesliga upstarts RB Leipzig last season, the Stuttgart-native is far below what his goalscoring abilities had shown him capable of during his highly successful spell in Saxony.
To date, Werner has found the back of the net just twelve times in 57-appearances across all competitions in a goalscoring return of just a shade over 0.20goals/match, despite his solid ~0.50goal contributions/match (6 goals & 12 assists in 35-matches) in the Premier League last season.
But current boss Thomas Tuchel has leapt to the defense of his countryman during his pre-Carabao Cup press conference, stating that Werner continues to make progress;
“He gave us a clear impression of how dangerous he and Romelu can be together. There was some disappointment from the Euros and the first games, I don’t think he was happy with his performances.
The stuff that you don’t see, he is more relaxed, more fluid in his movements and that is why he came on early against Tottenham. There are clear signs he is in a good way.”
German international just needs time
Werner came off the bench against city and domestic rivals Tottenham at the weekend in Chelsea’s 3-0 win at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, and bagged an assist during his 20-minute cameo which saw Antonio Rüdiger score his first goal of the season.
Though his goal doubt in the league continues (0 goals in his last-eight league appearances) on the back of missing an absolute sitter against Spurs, Tuchel once again spoke in a positive manner regarding the positives around the player;
“It shows also how Romelu is, he knows how a striker feels that lacks goals. For me, Timo was in dangerous positions and wasn’t too far out, in and around the box. He had the assist which was well done, this is important. How he trains, not only in quality but the attitude. He is more free in his movement and with more confidence. Sometimes it needs time.”
Thomas Tuchel on Timo Werner:
“He can play with Romelu. He did very well in the last 25/30 minutes versus Tottenham. It gave us a clear impression on how dangerous they can be together. He needed to brush off some disappointment from the Euros and the first few games.”
— Absolute Chelsea (@AbsoluteChelsea) September 21, 2021
More importantly, now no longer expected to lead the line alone, a potential growing understanding between Werner and Lukaku could well and truly benefit the German on an on-pitch relationship akin to his highly-effective partnership with Danish international Yussuf Poulsen during his Leipzig days.
Not all players hit the ground running when moving from one club to the next, and though the jury remains out on Timo Werner and his ability to settle on English shores, history dictates that – should he finally find his niche – that Chelsea will certainly reap the benefits of his unquestionable talent.