Thomas Tuchel laments Chelsea's lack of rhythm in loss to Juventus
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Chelsea forward Timo Werner is likely to assess his future if he cannot break into Thomas Tuchel’s side in the coming weeks. The German has had a mixed time at Stamford Bridge since joining from RB Leipzig last summer, with many fans left frustrated over his poor finishing in front of goal.
With Romelu Lukaku joining in the summer Werner has found minutes hard to come by so far this season, and he has played the full 90 minutes just twice so far in the Premier League.
To add insult to injury, he was left as an unused substitute for the Blues’ 1-0 defeat to Juventus in the Champions League during the week, with even forgotten man Ross Barkley being favoured to come off the bench over him by manager Tuchel.
And according to The Telegraph, if things do not change soon Werner will seriously contemplate leaving the club at the earliest opportunity.
It remains to be seen where he could end up, but a return to Germany could be on the cards, especially if Robert Lewandowski leaves Bayern Munich or Erling Haaland departs from Borussia Dortmund at the end of the season.
It would be a hugely underwhelming end to Werner’s spell in England, which initially promised so much but has as of yet delivered little.
The player himself admitted before the start of this season that he can understand criticism of his form in the country so far.
He told the Telegraph in May: “I think a lot of people’s expectations for me, outside the club but also inside the club, were very high because of my goalscoring record.
“I also assisted many goals last year in my old club, but I think the main reason why they brought me here in the club is to score and maybe at the end 12 goals and six goals in the Premier League, that’s not good enough.”
Nevertheless, Tuchel has always insisted that Werner and Lukaku may be able to form a strong partnership together.
And following their 3-0 win against Tottenham last month, he said: “Timo can play with Romelu, he did very well at Tottenham.
“That gave us a clear impression of how dangerous these two can also be together.”
It remains to be seen whether or not Werner is selected in Chelsea’s starting XI to take on Southampton this weekend.
The Blues have lost their last two games 1-0, and are in need of a confidence-boosting victory against the Saints.
They currently sit in third position in the table and are only a point behind league leaders Liverpool.
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