The German striker has, his goal against Real Madrid aside, struggled to make a meaningful difference when it mattered. Despite being seen as a major coup that the Blues landed him ahead of Liverpool, Werner has struggled big time in England. Though he still works hard on and off the ball, in the decisive moments his finishing has a nasty habit of vanishing completing.
This was seen again at the weekend, when the Blues were reliant on a late Jorgino penalty to recover a point against a resurgent Manchester United.
The sight of Jadon Sancho, a Blues fan who credits all of his major football idols as being Chelsea players, scoring at Stamford Bridge was a sore one. Especially when one considers that Chelsea were at one stage the clear favourites to land the South Londoner. Instead, they watched their own marquee Bundesliga signing miss a series of great chances.
His two misses at the weekend prompted his chances of making it in England to be dismissed by the likes of Alan Shearer and ex-Blues forward Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink. However, another former striker – the less heralded Tony Cascarino – claimed that it was high time Chelsea moved on from the striker.
What did Tony Cascarino say about Timo Werner?
In his piece in The Times, Cascarino opined that things were pretty much over for the striker in terms of making it at the club. Speaking about the issues the player was facing, Cascarino added: “Chelsea should have put Manchester United away but they have a problem in Timo Werner, whose touch just isn’t top level, and whose finishing is worse,
“I think managers should stick by strikers but the truth is that it is less likely to happen at the big clubs like Chelsea. Once they have decided Werner isn’t good enough, they have the money to buy a replacement. I wonder if they will soon get to that point with him.
“At the moment I don’t see him having even the impact that Fernando Torres did at Chelsea, and that was a real disappointment at the time.”
Given that Torres is regarded as among the biggest flops in the clubs history, those are damning words indeed. However, the total loss of form under Thomas Tuchel is a head-scratcher, as the German’s ideas on the game and his way of playing should be perfect for his compatriot.
For now, though, Werner looks like one of several major signings made by Chelsea – Hakim Ziyech included – in recent years that look like they have simply failed to work as intended.