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Pundit brands Newcastle ‘stupid’ for even considering Timo Werner transfer, with current star clearly better

Timo Werner, Arsenal v Chelsea July 2022

Newcastle should be going nowhere near Timo Werner because the Chelsea striker is not even good enough for the Premier League, according to Gabby Agbonlahor.

The Germany international has had links with a move away from Stamford Bridge for a while. This summer, though, looks like the time he could move on after just two years in London.

Werner said in no uncertain terms earlier this month that he “should play more”. Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel responded by suggesting that anyone with a Chelsea contract should be happy.

Since then, the exit talk involving Werner and Chelsea has increased. RB Leipzig are reportedly eyeing a swoop to bring him back to the Bundesliga.

More recently, though, Newcastle have also reportedly emerged as contenders for Werner.

But, speaking to Football Insider, former Aston Villa man Agbonlahor claimed that the Magpies can do much better than the 26-year-old – indeed, they already have a player better than him.

Asked if Newcastle should be considering a swoop for Werner, the pundit responded: “Not for me.

“I think Newcastle would be stupid to bring him in. Where Newcastle want to be going, they don’t want to be signing Chelsea rejects.

“He’s not good enough, he doesn’t score goals.

“Callum Wilson is better than Timo Werner, it just doesn’t make sense. The wages he will want, the fee – it doesn’t make sense.

“Werner, for me, should be headed to La Liga or back to the Bundesliga. He’s not good enough for the Premier League.”

Werner has scored 23 goals in 89 games for Chelsea but has never hit the consistent goalscoring form he showed at Leipzig.

He has three years left on his contract, but he could well choose to move on this summer instead.

Timo Werner on Chelsea exit path

Werner’s comments have planted a seed that look like they could lead to his exit from Chelsea before the end of August.

Juventus are considering a swoop as well as Leipzig and he still has plenty of years left in him to prove himself.

But he has just not hit his best heights at Stamford Bridge and could do with a change of scenery.

The addition of Raheem Sterling – with Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel also reportedly seeking another attacking addition following Romelu Lukaku’s exit – means Werner may continue to struggle.