Reports claim that time is running out for Timo Werner to prove his worth to Chelsea, with Thomas Tuchel set to meet club officials to discuss his future.
Werner, 25, cost the Blues £47.5m when they signed him from RB Leipzig last summer. Much was expected of the Germany international after his goalscoring exploits for Die Roten Bullen. The striker bagged 78 Bundesliga goals from 127 appearances to attract the attention of Europe’s finest. Chelsea came calling but Werner has notched just five Premier League goals in 2020-2021.
He has 10 in all competitions but it is still a poor return for a player of such obvious talent. Rumours persist that he will be on his way at the end of the current campaign to end his Stamford Bridge nightmare.
Tuchel has always played down speculation over Werner’s future but clearly a decision will need to be made. The German tactician will look to further stamp his mark on the squad this summer.
While the financial climate means mega-deals may not be on the cards, there will be new faces in west London. And Werner’s possible exit would help to pay for them.
The manager will reportedly soon sit down with Marina Granovskaia and Petr Cech to discuss transfer plans. And the Evening Standard report that Werner’s name will be top of the list.
He has scored just one Premier League goal since Tuchel took over from Frank Lampard three months ago. And the reports claims he now has the rest of the season to prove his worth or face a summer exit.
Aguero a popular Werner replacement
It was reported on Thursday that Chelsea might look to move six players on in an attempt to sign Erling Haaland. But, with most of the top clubs targeting the Norway international, there will need to be alternatives.
Tuchel is said to be a ‘huge admirer’ of Sergio Aguero, who will be a free agent in June. The Argentinian will leave Manchester City after 10 years but wants to continue his playing career.
Whether or not he stays in England only time will tell but Chelsea could be an option. There would be no transfer fee involved but the South American has made it clear that he will not come cheap.
He will expect a bumper deal in what may be his final club before hanging up his boots.