‘Werner is eager to learn’ – Tuchel reveals plans to bring Werner back to his best

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Chelsea have had so many strikers over the years who didn’t live up to expectations. In short, only Didier Drogba, Diego Costa and Nicolas Anelka have done well for the club since the departure of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.

The likes of Andriy Shevchenko, Fernando Torres and Alvaro Morata are example of big name buys who didn’t reach their desired heights. Loic Remy, Michy Batshuayi and Demba Ba are some other examples of our past strikers who should have competed but couldn’t.

Definitely, the last thing every Chelsea fan will want is another striker struggle in Timo Werner. The 24-year-old started on the bang for Chelsea, but has been unable to perform since then. But new Blues boss Thomas Tuchel has revealed that the striker is keen to learn, and he is ready to help him return to form.

“At the moment his face is a bit closed, the weight is on his shoulders,” explained Tuchel of Werner’s body language.

“He cares a lot, and that shows he has a fantastic character. Sometimes as a striker it does not help if you care a lot; sometimes it’s better not to care at all, but he’s not that guy.

“He cares, but he’s not happy with himself and with the way things have gone lately. Right now it’s important for him to rebuild his trust in himself, and re-find a smile on his face, and stop doubting himself too much. It’s my job to help him with this, and then also find a position where we can use his strengths.

“From his profile it is a given he prefers to have space,’ continued Tuchel, turning his focus to Werner’s best position.

“He is super fast and he likes to play on the last line, very high up but a little bit more to the left so he is half open to the opponents’ goal and can receive balls into the open space.

“Can we develop movements, patterns, behaviour to use his quality in narrow spaces? That’s my job and I’m absolutely convinced we can because the guy is young, the guy is open, the guy is friendly, and the guy is eager to learn.”

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