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Sports:”Timo Werner Needs to Brush up on His Finishing”-Former Blues star Joe Cole

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Timo Werner must address his finishing after his worrying goal drought continued for Chelsea in their 2-1 loss to Wolves, says former Blues star Joe Cole.

Werner played the full 90 minutes at Molineux but was unable to inspire the team as Nuno Espirito Santo’s men clinched a dramatic stoppage time winner through Pedro Neto to bag all three points and deal a set-back to Chelsea’s title hopes.

Olivier Giroud, who has struggled to get into the team for much of the season, was on the scoresheet for Chelsea, with Werner shifted out wide to the left flank. The German arrived at the club this summer for a £50million fee and a reputation as one of Europe’s most fearsome goalscorers.

But he has suffered an indifferent start to life at Stamford Bridge, with just four league goals and none in his last 10 matches in all competitions.

Cole, who was a fan favourite in west London, knows what it takes to be a hit at the club and believes Werner has some issues he needs to look at, and feels manager Frank Lampard – his former team-mate – should drop him.

He stressed that Werner still has the potential to be ”a top player” for Chelsea but said Lampard had the options to mix things up and improve results.

”I think Werner, when he comes in off that left, he’s very, very dangerous,” he said as a pundit on Amazon Prime Video Sport.

”I just think he just needs to brush up on his finishing, but he’s a young striker and he will do that. 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”.

”[Hakim] Ziyech and [Callum] 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 maybe come out, bring the other lads back in”

Werner netted 34 goals from 45 games for RB Leipzig last season and had top teams from all over Europe clambering for his signature, but Chelsea won the race for the highly-coveted hitman.

German starlet Kai Havertz also joined from Bayer Leverkusen, arriving for around £71m, but he has not had the impact he would have liked either – with a positive COVID-19 test disrupting his progress.

Werner has shown glimpses of what he can offer by netting eight goals in all competitions, while Havertz has also shone in cup competitions, and Cole has urged the club to be patient with both players – saying they could be ‘massive’ for Chelsea.

“I think he’s [Werner’s] had a good start to his Chelsea career,” Cole added.

”You can compare him with other big foreign imports, sometimes they come to this league [and] 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”-He concluded .

Werner played the full 90 minutes at Molineux but was unable to inspire the team as Nuno Espirito Santo’s men clinched a dramatic stoppage time winner through Pedro Neto to bag all three points and deal a set-back to Chelsea’s title hopes.

Olivier Giroud, who has struggled to get into the team for much of the season, was on the scoresheet for Chelsea, with Werner shifted out wide to the left flank. The German arrived at the club this summer for a £50million fee and a reputation as one of Europe’s most fearsome goalscorers.

But he has suffered an indifferent start to life at Stamford Bridge, with just four league goals and none in his last 10 matches in all competitions.

Cole, who was a fan favourite in west London, knows what it takes to be a hit at the club and believes Werner has some issues he needs to look at, and feels manager Frank Lampard – his former team-mate – should drop him.

He stressed that Werner still has the potential to be ”a top player” for Chelsea but said Lampard had the options to mix things up and improve results.

”I think Werner, when he comes in off that left, he’s very, very dangerous,” he said as a pundit on Amazon Prime Video Sport.

”I just think he just needs to brush up on his finishing, but he’s a young striker and he will do that. 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”.

”[Hakim] Ziyech and [Callum] 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 maybe come out, bring the other lads back in”

Werner netted 34 goals from 45 games for RB Leipzig last season and had top teams from all over Europe clambering for his signature, but Chelsea won the race for the highly-coveted hitman.

German starlet Kai Havertz also joined from Bayer Leverkusen, arriving for around £71m, but he has not had the impact he would have liked either – with a positive COVID-19 test disrupting his progress.

Werner has shown glimpses of what he can offer by netting eight goals in all competitions, while Havertz has also shone in cup competitions, and Cole has urged the club to be patient with both players – saying they could be ‘massive’ for Chelsea.

“I think he’s [Werner’s] had a good start to his Chelsea career,” Cole added.

”You can compare him with other big foreign imports, sometimes they come to this league [and] 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”-He concluded .

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