Julian Nagelsmann identified the main difference between Timo Werner’s roles at Chelsea and RB Leipzig, as reported by Kicker.
Nagelsmann spent several successful years overseeing the German’s development before his mega-money move to Chelsea last summer.
Werner’s upwards trajectory has fallen sharply since he netted 28 goals in 34 Bundesliga appearances last season.
He hasn’t scored in 14 Premier League games but his performances have started to improve under Thomas Tuchel.
The 24-year-old is just one of many stars struggling within a packed Chelsea squad. His former manager believed this was part of his problem.
“Timo was the undisputed star striker in Leipzig for a long time, with many goals and a lot of influence on the development of the club,” divulged Nagelsmann.
“He always played there, even when he made a meter less in training. At Chelsea he is one of many stars and has to work on certain things.”
As Nagelsmann alluded to, Werner was the main man at Leipzig. This is no longer the case at his new club.
Balancing all of the Blues newest recruits alongside the established set of players was one of Frank Lampard’s downfalls.
Accommodating the likes of Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech and Werner proved difficult for the ex-Chelsea coach.
Lampard strained to find an appropriate position for Werner, despite all his best work in Germany coming as a centre-forward.
Tuchel seems to have unleashed some of the striker’s standout qualities, in particular his ability to run in behind opposition defences.
Now all that’s needed is for Werner to find his shooting boots. He’s certainly back on the right track to do so.
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It is a thankless task trying to be the No.1 at Chelsea. There will always be another, more expensive signing just around the corner to knock you off top spot.
I think sooner Werner realised that the better. You can see he is working more for the team, instead of trying to do everything on his own.
I wouldn’t be surprised to see him getting on the scoresheet soon.