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April 12, 2021

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Ian Wright fears for Timo Werner’s future at Chelsea (Picture: BBC)

Arsenal legend Ian Wright fears for Timo Werner’s future at Chelsea and says Blues boss Thomas Tuchel ‘must be thinking’ about replacing the striker.

Werner, 25, has endured an underwhelming first season in the Premier League following his £47.5m move from RB Leipzig last summer.

Scoring just twice since November 14, Werner has admitted he has found it difficult to adapt to the demands of English football and has been linked with a return to Germany ahead of this summer’s transfer window.

Wright has been disappointed by Werner’s finishing this season and says Chelsea should consider replacing the striker to ‘push the club’ to titles.

The former Arsenal and England striker is less concerned about fellow Blues summer signing Kai Havertz, however, and says it is only a matter of time before he shows his ability at Stamford Bridge.

He said on The Kelly and Wrighty Show: ‘When you look at him and the chances he misses, no matter how low your confidence is, he shouldn’t be missing those for the calibre of striker he’s supposed to be.

‘We know he scored a lot of goals for RB Leipzig, but even when you’re not playing well and your confidence is low, he shouldn’t be missing them and then you start overdoing it.

Werner has endured an underwhelming first season in the Premier League (Picture: Getty)

‘The natural goalscorers gets into that position and thinks, “thank god, this is the chance I wanted.” He misses too many of those.

‘For me, they’re going to have to create so many chances. Even Tammy [Abraham] at the minute is the same, he’s not as ruthless as he was. They go on spurts but they need to be more consistent.

‘I don’t think they’ll sell Havertz. He’s somebody who I think we’ve got so much to see from him. So for me, I would keep Havertz.

‘But if it carries on as it is with Werner, if you can get a swap deal and get someone else in, there’s no way they’re not thinking about that.

‘I’m thinking that now because they need to get the goalscoring situation right. They’ve got it right defensively and got it right in front of the defence, they’ve got everything there so at some stage they will have to make that call on the centre forward.

‘I don’t think they can wait around. They need that goalscorer to push them to where they want to be.’

Werner has scored two goals in his last 27 matches for Chelsea (Picture: Getty)

Werner has scored just two goals in his last 27 appearances for Chelsea but at least helped Tuchel’s side beat Atletico Madrid in the Champions League last-16 stage before the international break.

The Blues beat Atletico 3-0 on aggregate and will face Portuguese outfit Porto in the quarter-finals as they bid to win the competition for the second time.

Before meeting Porto in the first leg of their last-eight clash on April 7, Chelsea return to Premier League action on April 4 against relegation-battlers West Brom.

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