Former Tottenham ace Darren Bent has recently backed Timo Werner, urging Thomas Tuchel to utilise the German forward more at Chelsea.

During an interview with Premier League Productions, Darren Bent offered his thoughts on Timo Werner. The former Tottenham striker hailed the Chelsea forward for his ability and insists he has what it takes to improve the reigning European champions.

Werner has become a hot topic in English football following his struggles in front of goal. He did recently star in Chelsea’s win over Southampton, but the much-maligned forward has continued to receive stark criticism due to a lack of finishing skill that has put question marks over his future at Stamford Bridge.

Former Chelsea star Tony Cascarino had recently pointed out Werner’s flaw, urging him to convert more chances if he is to remain in West London. But in a recent interview with Premier League Productions, Darren Bent has backed the German striker, citing his influence in the team and even urging Thomas Tuchel to utilise him more.

“He’s one of those players Timo Werner because his movement is so good in terms of running in behind, in and around the box, you have to play him,” admitted Bent, as quoted by The Chelsea Chronicle.

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“He’s always getting in there. His finishing could be better; he’s a little bit erratic in front of goal,” he added. Werner, who netted as many as 95 goals in just 159 competitive appearances for Leipzig, has found it difficult to get going at Chelsea. He scored only six league goals in his debut campaign while this season’s tally stands at one.

Bent, though, insists that Tuchel should continue to play him alongside Romelu Lukaku and he can eventually find his scoring boots. “When you’ve got someone who gets that many chances, you have to keep playing him because he’s clearly doing something right in terms of off the ball. That’s why Thomas Tuchel sticks with him. Maybe he’s not the most prolific, but he just keeps going and going and going.”

Werner recently ended his goal drought in the win over Southampton. It was his first Premier League goal since April, with Chelsea hoping that it could kick-start a scoring streak for the German international who has been linked with a return to Bundesliga recently.

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