‘You wouldn’t use Vardy on the wing, so why should it be different for Werner?’ – Lampard urged to play Werner as a central forward

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Ahead of Saturday’s Premier League game against Fulham, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has been urged to play Timo Werner as a centre forward and not a winger.

“Timo Werner has spent most of this season on the left-wing. Out there, he doesn’t test full backs the way someone such as Callum Hudson-Odoi or Christian Pulisic does, with direct running and a desire to burst beyond the opponent,” Martin Keown wrote for the Daily Mail.

“The 24-year-old German is a centre-forward who is more interested in putting his blistering pace to use by chasing balls over the top.

“You wouldn’t use Jamie Vardy on the wing, so why should it be different for Werner? The rapid former RB Leipzig striker went 12 games without a goal, but back in his favoured position in the FA Cup, he ended that drought.

“Werner ranks in the Premier League’s top 10 players for shots taken, but his conversion rate is one of the worst.

“With him back to being used centrally — as he was against Manchester City and Morecambe — I fully expect him to fulfil his potential.”

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