Chelsea legend reacts to Timo Werner’s claim of being a left-sided number 10

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Former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard used Timo Werner either as a left winger or a centre forward during his time as manager.

Under Thomas Tuchel, the Blues forward now has a new role of being deployed behind the striker. Tuchel doesn’t use Werner as an out and out left winger, but he plays more as a left inside attacking midfielder, and it seems the German international prefers this role.

Explaining his different roles for both managers, Werner said: “Every manager is different in how he wants us to play.

“He gives us a lot of ideas. Now I play as a left number 10, not a left winger, so I have more space for my runs in the middle and can play behind a striker, or with a number 10 behind me as a second striker.

“So it’s very good for me and I think there were also good moves from the manager in the last two wins.”

Werner got two assists in the game against Sheffield, as the Blues won 2-1, and he seemed impressive despite not getting in among the goals.

Former Chelsea winger Pat Nevin is pleased with the current role of Werner and believes that he can add something more different than the classic number 10s in the mould of David Silva.

Nevin said: “Timo described himself as playing the ‘left number 10’ role the other day, but that is just the staring position.

“His non-stop energy and keenness to get behind defences from there makes him a very different type of ‘10’ than the classic through-ball David Silva-esque creative sort. The adaptability he has shown, as has the manager, seems to be key to his growing positive effect.”

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