Thomas Tuchel laments Chelsea's lack of rhythm in loss to Juventus
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Timo Werner has been left in the dark over his Chelsea future and could seal an early return to the Bundesliga, according to reports. The German has endured a tough time since his highly anticipated £47million transfer from RB Leipzig.
Werner struggled during his first season, scoring just twice in all competitions after February 15.
He went on two lengthy barren runs in front of goal. One lasted 12 matches while the other extended to 11.
A first Premier League goal of the season was scored against Southampton on Saturday, and the fact he had an earlier one chalked off is evidence of him getting into scoring positions. Werner had not scored in the top-flight since netting in a 1-0 win over West Ham in April.
Boss Thomas Tuchel was desperate to sign an elite striker in the summer. Chelsea were linked with Erling Haaland before landing Romelu Lukaku in a blockbuster £97.5m transfer.
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Lukaku’s return to Stamford Bridge has pushed Werner further down the pecking order, although Tuchel has insisted that the 25-year-old prefers to play in one of the wider roles.
Werner remained an unused substitute as the Blues chased a goal in their midweek Champions League defeat by Juventus, though. Speculation over his future has intensified as Tuchel continues to prefer other options.
And the Evening Standard report that Werner is ‘confused’ by his situation at Chelsea and could pick between two options to hand his career at the elite level a lifeline.
Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich are apparently interested in taking the forward back to Germany where he was very prolific for both Stuttgart and RB Leipzig.
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He scored 34 goals in his final season at Leipzig, prompting Chelsea to play big money in the summer of 2020.
“I am sure that we will find games and solutions where we play with both of them,” the German said last month.
“We did already and Timo and Romelu can be a good fit together. Timo loves to play around a reference up front and Romelu is clearly our reference up front being a tall and physical player.
“The most important is he finds his rhythm and confidence and joy and makes his point and makes his way into the team.”
Tuchel was speaking just after Werner had scored for Germany during the September international break.
He continued: “We are very happy that he scored and played (for Germany in the international break) and on we go.
“We have not too many players but we have players with high quality and high ambition and Timo is clearly a guy that we count on and that is absolutely necessary we have him on high level.”
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