Chelsea striker Timo Werner has found it rather difficult to reclaim his starting spot since Romelu Lukaku’s arrival from Inter Milan as our new first-choice striker. Should that trend continue and his playing time not improve, he could be forced to reassess his future at the club next summer, according to a report from the Telegraph.
Werner was an unused substitute in our 1-0 loss to Juventus last night, with Thomas Tuchel preferring to send on two midfielders (Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ross Barkley), one winger (Callum Hudson-Odoi) and a defender (Trevoh Chalobah) after Federico Chiesa’s opener a few seconds after the second half kick-off. Werner, who was one of the most used players last season, has also been “overlooked” in our starting selections, with only four starts to his name in ten matches thus far this season, and just two in the eight since Lukaku’s return.
The season is still young, clearly, and there should be plenty of opportunities for Werner to stake a claim — which is what he wants. But if he fails to do so, a return to Germany might be on the cards as per the report, with yet another striker “merry-go-round” involving the likes of Kylian Mbappé, Robert Lewandowski, and Erling Haaland.
The report makes no mention of what Chelsea might or might not want to do, even at this early stage, but if Werner continues to underperform and fail to force his way back into the team, there’d also be little reason for us to force him to stay...