Gary Lineker thinks Thomas Tuchel may have put some “added pressure” on Chelsea striker Timo Werner recently.
The Germany forward has scored 10 goals in all competitions so far this season, as well as assisting his team-mates eight times, in his debut campaign in the Premier League.
Those numbers do not sound too concerning at first, but given the high standards he set himself at RB Leipzig prior to his £47.5million transfer, he will be as disappointed as anyone.
“Timo wanted to do extra finishing yesterday but I sent him in and said your body and your brain already knows how to,” Tuchel said at the press conference ahead of the West Brom defeat last weekend.
“You’ve been doing that since you were six. So don’t worry, it will come. If a woman doesn’t want to go out with you, you cannot force her. Step back and maybe she will call you.”
Here’s every word from the analysis.
Ferdinand: “He came with a big reputation from Germany, did ever so well, scored over 30 goals in his last season for Leipzig.
“He came with a huge reputation and when they come from a foreign country, you cannot always expect it to be a bed of roses immediately.
“He’s got 10 goals this season and eight assists.”
Cole: “Rio’s right, you can’t expect players to just settle in.
“It looks like me that he’s a player lacking in confidence.
“You have to remember, when you play in the Leipzig system, it’s so ingrained in everything they do, he’s so well drilled, he’s come to Chelsea now.”
Hoddle: “You’ve got to remember this is in a pandemic, we don’t know if he’s settled at home, I’m not sure if his family are with him.
“It’s a bit like Havertz as well, if you haven’t got your partner, or just your partner, you’re not going out with the lads, getting to know them, for a meal, all those things have an impact on you as a player – so that could be a part of it.
“But he does lack a little bit of confidence at the moment.
“I thought Tuchel was good when he said the other day: ‘What are you doing out here doing extra finishing, go inside’, it was a mental thing. Don’t put added pressure on yourself.”
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Lineker: “Him saying that also puts added pressure on you, in a way.
“He also said: ‘If a woman doesn’t want to go out to dinner with you, you cannot force her, step back a bit and maybe she’ll call you up later’.”
Ferdinand: “It’s a strange analogy, but I know what he means.
“I’ve always known players, if they’re searching for confidence, they stay on the training ground and shoot, especially strikers.”
Lineker: “I know what you’re talking about, mentally, Glenn, but if you’re a golfer and you have a bad round, the one thing you go out and do is practice, so what’s the difference?”
Hoddle: “I’m not saying that, but he was over-practicing because they did a finishing session and he stayed out for extra and Tuchel said: ‘You don’t need it. I believe in you as a finisher’.”