‘Marquera’: Lothar Matthaus says Chelsea star can match Harry Kane if he changes positions
Lothar Matthaus urged Thomas Tuchel to play Timo Werner as a Chelsea striker so he can reach the levels of Harry Kane and the world’s top No.9s.
Speaking to Daily mail, Matthaus predicted that Werner would score a bunch of goals if he was deployed as the Blues’ main center forward.
The 25-year-old arrived at Stamford Bridge from RB Leipzig with a reputation as one of Europe’s deadliest snipers.
He scored 34 times in all competitions in his farewell season with the German club.
His numbers and performances certainly declined during his first Chelsea campaign.
12 goals in 52 appearances is what he was able to muster, which was still enough to finish as the Blues’ top scorer.
Give Werner what he wants
Most of Werner’s effort has been spent playing in the middle or the away, achieving varying degrees of success.
However, Matthaus felt that if Tuchel only used him as a striker, the rewards would be fantastic.
“He was Chelsea’s top scorer, no one has scored more goals for Chelsea,” said the Bayern Munich legend.
“This player did not wear the No 9 and played there every weekend like Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku or Robert Lewandowski.
“Give the player the chance to play every Saturday or Sunday (as a center-forward) and Werner will score over 20 Premier League goals.
“He was doing that in Leipzig, 28 goals and second in the Bundesliga behind Lewandowski.
“But he always plays with his heart, giving the best of himself, running right, left and backwards.”
Roman’s action plan
Of course, using Werner as the main striker might not be that simple, given Chelsea’s summer transfer plans.
Roman Abramovich is desperate to recruit a new center-forward, making Erling Haaland his top priority.
But names like Kane, Lukaku and Lewandowski have all been linked with a move to southwest London.
A player of this caliber would certainly increase the Blues’ chances of winning titles.
This is something they might not realize if Tuchel leans on Werner as the spearhead of his front line.
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