Chelsea forward Timo Werner had another frustrating game for the Blues on Saturday and this time his average performance cost his side the FA Cup final.
Timo Werner is supposed to be the main striker at the club but neither Frank Lampard nor Thomas Tuchel has shown full faith in the German international to come good in the centre-forward’s role.
Under Lampard, the 25-year-old was coming on and off the starting XI and under Thomas Tuchel, Timo Werner has been playing more of a supporting role. In the FA Cup final, for some strange reason though, the Chelsea manager opted to use the former Bundesliga star as his main centre-forward against Leicester City but once again, Timo Werner failed to impress.
Whoscored has given Werner a rating of just 5.9/10 for the final and most pundits feel the forward has turned out to be a failed project for Chelsea.
“I’ve tried to give him the benefit of the doubt as it’s his first season, but the more I’m seeing of him he’s making the wrong decision,” former Villa man, Agbonlahor told talkSPORT.
“He picked the ball up, running at two defenders and takes a wild shot over the bar when it’s best to make a pass and another run.
“He seems a bit too erratic and Chelsea, with their history with the likes of Didier Drogba and the strikers they’ve had in the past, they need to go out and buy a big, big striker who can score goals and turn up in the big games.”
Ex-Chelsea man Tony Cascarino though showed some sympathy towards Timo Werner as he went on to question the forward’s decision-making skill in key positions.
Cascarino said: “He makes a lot of bad decisions for a striker. I’ve been there and know what I’m talking about on this. I did it for a period in my career.
“My decisions were always wrong for about 18 months and couldn’t fathom how I would choose the wrong option.
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“He’s doing that at the moment too regularly. For someone who can devastate with his pace, he gets in position and thinks ‘what am I going to need to do?’ Ultimately, he chooses the wrong option.”
Last season, Timo Werner was flying high for RB Leipzig but he’s failed to replicate that form in the Premier League for Chelsea.
Chelsea have improved in leaps and bounds under their new manager so Roman Abramovich will be ready to back Tuchel in the transfer market this summer. And if the German wants to buy a replacement for Timo Werner we don’t think the club’s owner will be totally against the idea.