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Former Liverpool striker Peter Crouch has labelled Chelsea forward Timo Werner “selfish” and claims he is “hurting” Chelsea by his desperation to end his drought.
Werner has scored eight goals in 22 appearances for Chelsea so far this season. However, he has not scored since netting in Chelsea’s 4-1 win over bottom club Sheffield United on November 7.
“I thought Chelsea had pulled off a masterstroke when they signed Werner,” he wrote in his Daily Mail column.
“If you look back at some of the things I said in the summer, one was centred on my surprise that having been linked with him so heavily, Liverpool did not pursue him more strongly.
“Let me make it clear – I am not about to change my opinion on him. He was exceptional for RB Leipzig, he is Germany’s No9 and it’s hardly like he’s started at Stamford Bridge the way I started my Liverpool career.
“But I have watched him closely a couple of times over Christmas and I picked up something that tells you he has played 949 minutes for his club since his last goal.
“He is taking shots on when he should be passing. Strikers should be selfish but not when it is to the detriment of the team.
“Werner is anxious and wants to break this sequence, but there was a moment against West Ham when he smashed a shot and his team-mates reacted with frustration. He hadn’t done the simple thing.”