Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia could face a big decision in the summer transfer window regarding the future of Timo Werner.
The 25-year-old forward, who is currently valued at £45million on Transfermarkt, has struggled since arriving at Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2020 from RB Leipzig.
Werner came to England with huge expectations and was said to be a target for Liverpool, but Chelsea eventually snapped the Germany international up for close to £50m.
However, this season, Werner has managed to score just six goals for the Blues in all competitions – meaning he has not been a regular fixture under Thomas Tuchel.
Werner came on at 74 minutes in Chelsea’s Carabao Cup final defeat to Liverpool on Sunday evening, but he once again found it difficult to make too much of an impact for his side.
The German demonstrated on a couple of occasions that his pace could cause trouble for the high Reds defensive line, but he was standing in an offside position too often.
During Sky Sports’ coverage of the final, former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp was unaware of what he was doing.
He said: “Chelsea have ended up with Werner on the pitch. I look at him, someone who doesn’t know what he is doing, but he has that chaos factor.”
The “don’t know what he is doing” comment is very harsh from Redknapp, of course he does, but the ex-England international may have a point about the confusion regarding Werner’s role in the Chelsea side – something that could hint at the Blues’ plans in the summer transfer window regarding the German.
Werner was linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge last summer, as well as in the January window, with Newcastle United said to be interested in the former RB Leipzig striker’s services following their big-money investment.
What has Werner said?
As mentioned above in the article, Werner has struggled to make his mark in front of goal throughout his over one-and-a-half year stint at Chelsea.
When speaking in January, the Chelsea forward admitted he does not know why he receives so much support from the club’s fan base.
He said to Premier League Productions, via Goal: “Sometimes, I even do not know why they are supporting me so much because, as a striker, you want to score as many goals as possible and sometimes I miss this aim.
“I have to be honest about that, but I think it is a lot of fun to play in front of the Chelsea fans and, when they give you the support like they give it to me, it makes you even stronger when you miss chances or when you have hard times.
“On the other side, I think I try to give my best every game. I give, every time, 100 per cent and [hope] that, at the end, the fans are happy and also that the team are happy.
“It is hard to explain, but of course when you go into the stadium and the fans like you, and they support you and they scream your name, it makes it much more fun and makes you more proud than the other way around because I know how it is to go to stadiums and the fans do not like you and they hate you.
“So, it is very nice and it is very, very good to feel it the other way around.”