Chelsea: Tuchel outlines aims after taking charge
Timo Werner will be hoping for a fresh start at Chelsea under new boss Thomas Tuchel – but the striker has it all to do after being left out against Wolves. Werner was left on the bench for Tuchel’s first game in charge, having failed to score in his previous 11 Premier League games.
Chelsea had plenty of possession against Nuno Espirito Santo’s men but couldn’t break down Wolves’ stubborn defence.
The fact they failed to score without Werner could ultimately work to the striker’s advantage as Tuchel assesses his attacking options in the coming days and weeks.
But it was not a good early sign for the 24-year-old that he didn’t make it onto the pitch at Stamford Bridge despite three attacking substitutions.
As it became clear early this week that Tuchel was set to replace Frank Lampard, it was widely observed that the German boss would be well placed to get the best out of both Werner and Kai Havertz.
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After all, the incoming coach had managed Borussia Dortmund in the league in which both players had starred before joining Chelsea in the summer.
But while Havertz was named in Tuchel’s first Chelsea line-up, Werner was not – with the experienced Olivier Giroud instead leading the line.
As Chelsea toiled it became clear that the attack needed fresh impetus – but it was Christian Pulisic who was brought on, with the winger quickly followed onto the pitch by Tammy Abraham.
Mason Mount also made an appearance off the bench, with the midfielder now finding himself having to impress a new manager after being Chelsea’s most used player under Lampard’s regime.
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And that meant Havertz would have to wait to add to the four Premier League goals he has scored so far since his £47million arrival from RB Leipzig in the summer.
While the German has struggled on the left of Chelsea’s attack for most of the season, it was Abraham’s introduction up top that could be the most worrying for Werner.
If Giroud and Abraham are ahead of him as centre-forwards, and Callum Hudson-Odoi is preferred on the left, where does Werner fit in?
Tuchel acknowledged before the game that he only had one day’s training to get to know his players – so there is plenty of time for Werner to show what he can bring.
It was reported this week that Werner was not a signing targeted by Lampard. Of course, like the rest if his team-mates, he is not Tuchel’s signing either.
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They all have a fresh start under the new manager, with games coming up against Burnley on Sunday followed by Tottenham and Sheffield United.
And for Werner, the first chance to begin justifying his transfer fee cannot come soon enough.
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