Tony Cascarino tells Chelsea star where he must improve
Tony Cascarino has claimed in The Times that Timo Werner still has a lot of work to do in order to prove himself at Chelsea. The German striker scored the Blues’ second goal during Saturday’s 3-1 win over Southampton.
It’s been a difficult 12 months for the international striker. He has found the Premier League tough going and has fallen down the pecking order under Thomas Tuchel.
Chelsea signed Romelu Lukaku over the summer and that has piled the pressure on Werner to sort himself out. On his performance on Saturday, he looks up to the challenge.
The 25-year-old wasn’t quite as bad as some made out last season. He was signed to score goals and his 12 was perhaps lower than anticipated. It’s worth mentioning, however, that he claimed 15 assists in all competitions, showcasing his unselfishness.
Cascarino played for Chelsea during his career and he thinks Werner is someway off proving himself at Stamford Bridge just yet.
He told The Times: “Thomas Tuchel’s comment that were ‘a lot of things to improve’ for Timo Werner after his goal against Southampton was telling.
“Chelsea fans have been so loyal to misfiring centre forwards, such as Andriy Shevchenko and Fernando Torres in the past and the same has been true of Werner.
“Strikers can not simply be 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.”
Werner has time on his side but he’ll need Chelsea chances
The striker has a contract at Stamford Bridge until 2025 and that should bide him plenty of time. Given his goalscoring prowess in Germany, Chelsea will likely give him the time to come good.
His goal contribution return last season wasn’t bad. 27 contributions in a maiden Premier League campaign shouldn’t really be frowned upon.
This is Chelsea though and as Cascarino says, they won’t accept average form for a sustained period of time.
With that in mind, Werner will need to find his scoring boots if he is to have any chance of starring at Chelsea.
If he keeps scoring, as he did at the weekend, then Werner could still become a real hit among the fan base.