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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is yet to get the best out of summer signing Timo Werner, with the German international yet to score since returning from the international break back in November.
Werner’s drought has reached 11 games now, and former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino has advised Frank Lampard on the best possible way to use Werner.
According to Cascarino, Werner should play off the back of a target man like Michael Owen did during his hay days at Liverpool where he played off a target man in Emile Heskey.
Cascarino said: “It’s a tricky one, because I’ve seen a lot of Werner and when he was at Leipzig he played alongside Poulsen who is a big centre-forward, and he played off the left of him and thrived.
“It’s a bit like Michael Owen; Michael Owen without Emile Heskey was never going to be the same player.
“Michael was blisteringly quick but had not the greatest of touches, but he always fired goals when he had a big lad beside him to take the pressure off him.
“Werner is exactly the same to me; he is blisteringly quick, his touch is not exceptional, he’s technically not bad but not great… he can’t play centre-forward on his own.
“He just can’t, because he can’t lead a line or bring players into play. He has to play off the left side of someone.
“The surprising thing for me on the substitution was when Giroud came off [against Villa], you have to put Tammy Abraham on if you are going to put Werner on, because he has to play off the left side.
“The problem Frank has is that [Christian] Pulisic was probably Chelsea’s most dangerous forward and he looked very lively and always wanted to get on the left. Pulisic is a better left-sided player than Werner in the way Chelsea play.
“It’s one of Frank’s biggest challenges he has got over the next few games.”