Timo Werner told only way to save Chelsea career by Glen Johnson

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Timo Werner had a torrid first season in England last term.

Timo Werner may have to change position to get regular football at Chelsea (Picture: Getty)

Glen Johnson believes that under fire striker Timo Werner has to change position in order to salvage his Chelsea career following the arrival of Romelu Lukaku earlier this summer.

Werner, who plays primarily as a striker, scored just six goals in 35 Premier League appearances in his first season in England and has only started once for the Blues so far this term. 

The Arrival of Belgian forward Lukaku for a club-record fee from Italian giants Inter sparked rumours that Werner could leave the club in a bid for more game time.

Johnson believes that the German international still has a future at Stamford Bridge, but may have to look at playing on the wing in order to cement a spot in the first team.

‘It’s clear that Timo Werner hasn’t performed to the standard we all know he’s capable of, but he wasn’t brought in to play as an out and out striker. Romelu Lukaku hasn’t come in to replace Werner within the squad,’ he told BonusCodeBets.

Romelu Lukaku arrived at Stamford Bridge this summer.

Werner’s game time as a striker could be severely affected by Romelu Lukaku’s arrival (Picture: Getty)

‘Chelsea are most effective playing dynamic football with a big, less mobile striker and two whippets playing off the forward. Werner can still play a big part, but his performances must improve.

‘Timo has a future at Chelsea, but playing on the wing is his only option, and even then, Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic all start ahead of him based on what we’ve seen so far.

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‘Although, things change very quickly in football, it only takes an injury for Timo to get another chance, and if he hits the ground running, he can re-establish himself in the side.’

As well as Lukaku, Chelsea have also added Spanish international Saul Niguez to their already impressive midfield options after he joined on deadline day in a season-long loan deal from Atletico Madrid.

Saul could make his Premier League debut for Chelsea when they play host to Aston Villa on September 11, but it remains to be seen whether Werner gets given a chance to impress manager Thomas Tuchel.


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