Timo Werner branded a ‘whinger’ as respected journalist names likely next club for Chelsea struggler

Timo Werner, Chelsea, during pre-season tour of USA and before friendly game at Camping World Stadium, Orlando

Timo Werner appears increasingly likely to be allowed to leave Chelsea this summer with the club seen as his most likely suitor now emerging, as per a trusted source.

The Germany forward has fallen down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge, having endured a frustratig time. Signing for £47.5m from RB Leipzig, big things were expected of Werner due to his phenomenal goalscoring record in the Bundesliga. However, the 25-year-old has managed just 23 goals in 89 appearances for the Blues.

No longer considered first choice, manager Thomas Tuchel has often preferred to play with Kai Havertz in a false 9 position. And while his fellow striker Romelu Lukaku has since made way, Werner appears some way down Tuchel’s thinking.

As such, it’s little surprise to see the situation described as ‘tense’ between the two men. Tuchel, meanwhile, did little to lighten that mood when question about Werner over the weekend.

Now Sky Deutchsland journalist Florian Pletenberg claims there is a growing possibility that Werner will leave Stamford Bridge this summer.

And he has suggested that his former club RB Leipzig are in the mix with the deal ‘an option for all parties’.

He does claim, though, that talks have taken place, though is keen to stress there ‘is a long way to go’ at this stage.

Bayern Munich have also been mentioned as potential suitors for Werner. However, Pletenberg is adamant Werner is ‘no topic’ for the reigning Bundesliga champions.

As such, he believes a move to Leipzig is currently the only feasible option on the table for the Chelsea man.

Timo Werner comes in for criticism from pundit

Meanwhile, pundit Noel Whelan claims Werner needs to pack his bags and get out of Chelsea as soon as possible.

And Whelan reckons the 53-times capped Germany international has been a big let-down for the Blues.

Amid claims Werner is pushing to depart, Whelan told Football Insider why Chelsea should do all they can to move him on.

“When he came in, everyone expected great things from him,” he said.

“We’ve not seen anything close to that. I think the Premier League has crept up on him, and he’s just realising how tough it is.

“You might be quick or have had success in other leagues – but you’re playing against international defenders week-in, week-out in England.

“He’s disappointed the Chelsea fans and definitely been a disappointment for the board – considering the money they paid for him.

“Now he’s getting that whinge about him. He’s making little comments.

“At the end of the day, if he’s not happy in the Premier League then he’s got to get out. Pace alone cannot help you.”

Time right to move Werner on

There were many who raised eyebrows when Liverpool decided to pull out of the Werner running and leave Chelsea with a free run. And probably even more so when the Reds just a few weeks later decided instead to buy Diogo Jota from Wolves instead.

Ultimately though, Werner’s struggles in the Premier League have proved Liverpool were right.

Still, the foward made a bright start to life at Stamford Bridge, scoring eight times in his first 12 games for the club.

However, it has been all downhill from there onwards, with the player scoring just four more over the remainder of the season.

Shunted out wide and, more often than not, on to the bench, Werner has struggled to find anywhere near his top form.

And once Tuchel came in, game time became even tougher for the forward.

Now with the player seemingly using the media to express his unhappiness, there is only likely to be one outcome.

Having seen Lukaku take a similar route, it would come as no surprise to see Timo Werner also loaned back to his former club on a cut-price deal.

His Blues deal expires in summer 2025. But were he to leave on loan, it is difficult to forsee a route back into the Chelsea side at any stage in the future.

Chelsea, meanwhile, continue to see their hopes for Jules Kounde fade, with reports of a move to Barcelona gathering pace.