Chelsea boss Frank Lampard needs to drop Timo Werner after the German forward continued his dry spell in front of goal on Tuesday night, claims former Chelsea player Joe Cole. The Blues were beaten 2-1 at Molineux by Wolves.
Werner hasn’t had the best of starts to life at Chelsea.
The German striker signed for £53million from RB Leipzig after the Blues triggered his release clause ahead of Liverpool, who were also interested.
The attacker, who can play through the middle or on either wing in a front three, has scored eight goals and provided five assists in 20 games across all competitions.
However, he hasn’t scored in his last eight games in all competitions and appears to be struggling in front of goal.
He continued his disappointing form at Molineux as Chelsea suffered a second straight defeat in the Premier League, and missed a golden opportunity to score late in the game.
And Joe Cole believes it might be best for Lampard to drop Werner for a few games and have him work on his finishing.
Speaking to Amazon Prime, he explained that Werner might benefit from some time on the sidelines, with Hakim Ziyech and Callum Hudson-Odoi coming in for him.
“I think Werner, when he comes in off that left, he’s very, very dangerous,” Cole said.
“I just think he just needs to brush up on his finishing, but he’s a young striker and he will do that.
“So I’ve got no doubts he’ll be a top player for Chelsea but there’s options now and he [Lampard] needs to move it around.
“Ziyech and Hudson-Odoi to come back in, freshen it up at some point. Take Werner out, bring him back in.
“It’s a marathon to win a title usually, and certainly this year. You’ve got to use your whole squad.
“So Werner [could] maybe come out, bring the other lads back in.”
Cole went on to explain that he’s still impressed with Werner’s start to life at Stamford Bridge despite the lack of goals.
He explained that the youngster, as well as fellow new signing Kai Havertz, have to be given time and have both shown glimpses of the ability they possess.
“I think he’s had a good start to his Chelsea career,” Cole continued.
“You can compare him with other big foreign imports, sometimes they come to this league – certainly in these situations you have to understand it might take time for them to settle.
“I think for him and Havertz it has as well. Werner has probably settled in a little bit quicker.
“They are two top players, I know because you see the glimpses.
“But I have no doubt Werner and Havertz will be massive players for Chelsea.”