Former Blues defender says failed Germany international must be given a fixed role in Frank Lampard’s plans at Stamford Bridge
Timo Werner is not “ice cold” in front of goal and should have “seven or eight” more efforts to his credit this season, says Scott Minto, with the German presenting. Chelsea with a tactical dilemma.
The Blues were considered to have pulled it off by luring the prolific leader to Stamford Bridge during the summer.
Although he has no previous experience of life in the Premier League, many people have pushed Werner to enter the race England.
His qualities were put to good use by Lampard, with a lightning pace and predatory instincts allowing the 24-year-old all-rounder to play on the Chelsea frontline.
Minto believes that a fixed role must be found for the German leader, as he struggles to settle down and find a spark, but remain convinced that the value will be found in a signature at big price.
The former Chelsea defender said Astro Stadium by Werner: “He’s a player. It’s a defender’s nightmare.
“If he wants to play on the left side, Frank Lampard has a decision to make. If they want to play him on the left and have a big man up front then you have to accept that he’s going to come in and try to bond with [Olivier] Giroud or [Tammy] Abraham and defensively this will leave you open – as we saw against Arsenal.
“Or, you hold it up front – you play it on the last defender, try to get everyone a little short, compact the opposing defense for a ball overhead, or slip passes for its pace.
“As for his finish, he’s another who should have, and it’s his fault, seven or eight more goals to his name this season.
“He found himself, either by a good move or by doing it himself, in fantastic positions, face to face with the keepers, and just wasn’t that icy striker you need to be.” in front of the goal. But I have no doubt that he will come.
“I have a problem with him tactically, in terms of playing on the left and defending as a team, so is Frank willing to sacrifice having that protection by putting him on the left and coming in or are you going? stick it to the front?
“I have no doubt that he will be a great player for Chelsea over the next few years.”
Chelsea, who have taken just four points in their last five Premier League appearances, will be back in action on Sunday in the 2021 opener with a home tryout date against other title prospects. Manchester city.