Timo Werner’s Chelsea exit links: what Jamie Carragher, Alan Shearer and pundits have said about forward

Chelsea star Timo Werner is being linked with a move away this summer, and here we round up what pundits have had to say about the forward.

Chelsea star Timo Werner is being linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge this summer.

Werner joined the Blues on a £47million deal from RB Leipzig in 2020, but he has struggled to make a positive impression.

The German forward has scored 10 goals in 56 Premier League appearances, and the signing of Raheem Sterling appears to have put his future in doubt.

Werner has all-but admitted uncertainty over his future, declaring his desire for regular game time ahead of the World Cup this winter.

In the meantime, Juventus have expressed an interest in a loan deal, according to The Guardian, while Newcastle United have also been linked.

But what have pundits made of Werner’s efforts at Chelsea so far?

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Here we round up what pundits and former players have had to say about the forward.

Alan Shearer - November 2021

Speaking about a specific performance during last season, Match of the Day pundit Alan Shearer said: “It wasn’t his day, he [Werner] hasn’t had enough days in the blue shirt of Chelsea.

“When you look at his record before he came to the Premier League with RB Leipzig, you would think with those goals there was a bit of a natural goalscorer in there.

“But there’s not and the reason why there’s not is that he should actually get into so many good goalscoring positions because he trains with Reece James every day and plays with him every day.

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“We watch Reece James, we know exactly what he’s good at, we know what he’s going to do and we know he’s going to get the ball into the box because of the quality.

“He should get in there and he’ll find that he’ll have a tap-in. We were sitting screaming at the television this afternoon, myself and Wrighty.

“Exactly the same thing with [Hakim] Ziyech, who gets into a good position, if [Werner] moves into that position four or five yards out then there’s a tap-in. Again there was a complete and utter lack of movement.”

Cesc Fabregas on Twitter - December 2021

Back in December, former Chelsea star Cesc Fabregas defender Werner in a tweet.

“He makes so many good runs but sometimes they either don’t see him or don’t play the pass. Looks fed up sometimes,” he wrote.

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Michael Owen - October 2021

BT Sport pundit and former striker Michael Owen spoke about Werner in October.

“As an ex-striker, I know how he feels when it’s just not going in and he’s been feeling this for some time now,” he said.

“When you look at his goal-scoring record throughout his career, it’s hard to believe how much he’s struggling in front of goal.

Michael Owen has revealed whether or not he will visit daughter Gemma on Love Island. (Credit: Getty Images)

“His first goal I felt there was nothing wrong in that, then they bring it back so far I thought, ‘wow, everything is against you’.

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“This [the second goal] is a brilliant move, great ball by [Ross Barkley], an even better ball by Azpilicueta and it’s a simple finish for him but it’s nice to see him getting in those areas and nice to get the monkey off his back.”

Jamie Carragher - September 2021

This time last year, amid the signing of Romelu Lukaku, Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher backed Werner to still make an impact.

“I wouldn’t write Timo Werner off because that pace that he’s got is really dangerous and I wouldn’t want to play against it,” he said on the Overlap show.

“That can still be a huge asset for Chelsea. Those players who play behind the striker, a lot of them are pretty similar.

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“I’m not saying he’s going to play every week and he’s going to rip up the league, but I still see him as a dangerous player who I wouldn’t want to play against. I think he can still be a huge asset for Chelsea.”

Roy Keane - September 2021

In the same segment, Carragher’s Sky Sports teammate said: “The staff have looked at him and thought maybe he is a bit short and that’s why they’ve brought Lukaku in, but you still persevere with him,” Keane said.

“Some of the chances are huge, big moments. The timing, coming over during Covid, maybe played on his mind.

“I’d persevere with him a bit longer, but at the bigger clubs it’s only natural that you face the chop if you miss big chances.

“Would you hang your hat on him getting 25 goals like Kane or Lukaku? No you wouldn’t. But United’s greatest season in ’99, we had four very good options.

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“That’s what you want as a manager, you want three or four options.”