Chelsea forward Timo Werner has admitted that he is disappointed with the amount of minutes he has received recently.
The 25-year-old’s place in the team appeared to come under threat following Romelu Lukaku’s arrival in the summer. That’s despite Thomas Tuchel insisting the pair could work together up front this season.
Werner struggled in front of goal last term and that pattern looks set to continue. He has managed just one Premier League goal in his first six appearances.
Before he opened his account, during the recent win over Southampton, Werner was used as a late substitute against Arsenal and Aston Villa.
His troublesome time at Stamford Bridge has resulted in links with other clubs. Atletico Madrid are rumoured to be monitoring his situation ahead of a bid in January.
Werner’s name has also been mentioned in a potential swap deal which would take Federico Chiesa to west London.
The Germany international has now spoken about his start to the campaign. He told German outlet Express (via Daily Mail): “The last few weeks have been difficult at Chelsea. After many years, I was suddenly a little behind and had to fight my way again.
“A career always goes up and down, never steadily upwards. But you learn to deal with it.
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“I have to bite into it again, that challenges me. Of course, I would like to enjoy more minutes, so I give my best in training.
“I can’t be satisfied if I don’t play. Of course, I want to be a regular in a big team. But I’m not saying that if I don’t start 10 or 15 games before Christmas, I really want to leave.
“Things happen relatively quickly in football. I have to look at the bigger picture to make my decision.”
Werner will be hoping to start in Chelsea’s first game after the international break. They travel to Brentford on Saturday October 16.
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Two former Chelsea bosses have been linked with Newcastle after their takeover was approved by the Premier League.
A Saudi Arabian-backed consortium has agreed to pay Mike Ashley £305million for the north east club. It is expected to give the Magpies a huge boost in the transfer market.
In line with their new expectations, football.london claim Antonio Conte and Frank Lampard are in the running to take over.
Conte led Chelsea to the Premier League title in 2016-17 but was sacked in July 2018 after the Blues failed to qualify for the Champions League.
Club legend Lampard took the reins in 2019, following a year-long spell with Derby County. Chelsea finished fourth during his only full season in charge.
He received the boot in January thanks to a poor run of form. Tuchel became his replacement and made the club champions of Europe once again.