LONDON: Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel is determined to bring Timo Werner back on track after the German striker went through a grim season in the Premier League.
Werner only scored one goal in Chelsea’s last 16 appearances when his performance plummeted and he lost confidence.
The player bought from Leipzig is expected to lead the Chelsea attack but has only scored nine goals for the club this season.
Werner’s erratic performance made Frank Lampard struggle before he was sacked and replaced by Tuchel this week.
Having a German manager could be a stimulus for Werner and Tuchel to use the 24-year-old more often on the left.
“I can say he prefers to get more space, because he is very fast and he likes to play in the last line, very high above – but a little to the left, near the goal and receive the ball in the open space,” said Tuchel.
“Can we shape movements, patterns, behaviors to use in a narrow space? That’s my job and I’m sure we can do it – because the players are open, friendly and eager to learn.
“At this point, why didn’t I use him against the Wolves last Wednesday, I saw he was a little disappointed, and the burden was on his shoulders.
“Now it is important to rebuild his self-confidence and regain the smile on his face and not be too skeptical.”