Struggling Chelsea forward Timo Werner has found no relief playing for Germany this international break.
Werner was handed just 12 minutes for Germany against Iceland and a 13 minutes against Romania. It’s a stance which has “surprised” the 25-year-old and left him “anything but happy”, according to Bild. The German outlet have even named Werner as Joachim Low’s “first victim”.
Werner’s first season in England has turned into one to forget. The £47.5m man has struggled to get up to speed at Stamford Bridge. After blasting 28 Bundesliga goals last season his tally of five in 28 has been underwhelming.
Frank Lampard struggled to get a tune out of the former Leipzig man and Thomas Tuchel is finding it tough to get the optimum from the striker too.
Still, he scored twice and made two starts in the last international break. Fast forward to March and Germany boss Low has left Werner kicking his heels on the bench.
Blues team-mate Kai Havertz has taken his place in the front three for Low’s men, with Werner left with two brief sub appearances. It’s a stance which Bild, via Sport Witness claim has left the player bewildered.
Werner was “a bit surprised” to learn of Low’s reasoning whilst watching TV, rather than from a personal explanation. And the attacker was said to be unhappy with the explanation from Low, who said Iceland played such a deep line there would be no space in behind.
Werner will be hoping for a start against North Macedonia on Wednesday, but he is said to be is “anything but happy”.
Tuchel addresses Werner exit talk
Addressing rumours that Werner is unhappy in west London, Tuchel told reporters: “Stop reading! Read a book!
“There is no book on Timo, so read a book! For Timo, I think he has no reason now to be frustrated because he played an amazing match against Liverpool. Maybe his best match since I arrived.
“Then he had a good match against Everton with a lot of chances to score. He normally is clinical enough and strong enough.
“He did not score, okay, in a situation like this, this can affect his self-confidence of course. But what does it help?
“The clear advice from us is don’t focus on the result, focus on the process, get your decision-making right, get your technique right, take good decisions and the ball and the opponent’s goalkeeper will do the rest.