Tony Cascarino has compared Timo Werner to Fernando Torres, urging him to convert more chances in the final third.
In a recent interview with The Times, as cited by TBR Football, Tony Cascarino spoke at length about Timo Werner and his struggles at Chelsea. The former forward believes that the German needs to be much more productive in front of goal if he wants to continue his spell at Stamford Bridge.
Signed from RB Leipzig on a big-money move last summer, Werner has faced a lot of criticism for his performances at Chelsea. The former Stuttgart prodigy was brought in to supplement the club’s offensive unit and spearhead the attack.
The 25-year-old had an excellent record in the Bundesliga, scoring 95 goals in just 159 competitive appearances for Leipzig. But he has failed to replicate those performances at Chelsea, netting only six league goals in his debut campaign. This season, Werner has only scored one goal in six league matches, losing his place to Romelu Lukaku as the club’s main number nine.
Werner has also emerged as a maligned figure in London due to his tendency to miss clear cut goalscoring opportunities. Such criticisms were echoed by Tony Cascarino, who has urged the German to improve in front of goal in his interview with The Times.
“Thomas Tuchel’s comment that were ‘a lot of things to improve’ for Timo Werner after his goal against Southampton was telling,” said Cascarino, referring to the Chelsea manager’s comments shortly after the 3-1 win over Southampton, when the forward ended his Premier League goal drought by netting his first goal since April.
“Chelsea fans have been so loyal to misfiring centre forwards, such as Andriy Shevchenko and Fernando Torres in the past and the same has been true of Werner.
“Strikers can not simply be OK at big clubs. The German cannot continue to miss so many big chances, because otherwise – just as with Shevchenko and Torres – the club will move him on,” Cascarino added.
The 59-year-old’s comments on Werner certainly reflects the forward’s uncertain future at the club. With just one goal so far this season and links of a possible return to the Bundesliga, Werner does indeed need to find his scoring boots if he is to become an ideal strike partner for Lukaku upfront.