Timo Werner sent brutal Chelsea 'failure' warning amid Newcastle United transfer rumours

By Bobby Vincent

Former Chelsea defender Frank Leboeuf believes Timo Werner needs more time to prove himself at Stamford Bridge, otherwise he will become a "failure".

The 25-year-old forward has been with the Blues for over 12 months now, but is yet to show supporters his full potential after arriving from RB Leipzig with huge expectations.

Werner has started three of Chelsea's seven Premier League games so far this season, scoring just the one goal - last time out against Southampton before the international break.

The Germany international is now being linked with a move to the Premier League's new financial powerhouses Newcastle United, who have supposedly held talks with his agent.

However, Leboeuf believes Werner can still become a success at Chelsea, but has called on Thomas Tuchel to show more patience for his German compatriot.

"Timo Werner started well when he first signed for Chelsea and he was scoring goals but suddenly he lost his confidence," Leboeuf said, when speaking exclusively to Ladbrokes for its 5-A-Side bet on Brentford vs Chelsea.

"As a striker you should be scoring goals and not thinking about it, you should just be doing it and not worrying about if you miss the shot or where the goalkeeper is going to go, but if you have confidence you don’t wonder because you’re already sure, so you go for it and that’s exactly what he’s lacking right now.

Timo Werner celebrates scoring against Southampton (Chris Lee - Chelsea FC/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

"I feel pretty sad for him, he’s coming back a little bit and scoring a couple of goals but it’s going to be hard for him to fight Lukaku.

"Maybe there’s some room for him on the left side or the right side but it’s tough competition and you have a front line filled up with talented players like Havertz, Ziyech and Hudson-Odoi so it’s going to be complicated for him.

"He signed for a large amount of money and he has to prove that he’s worth it. I expect more from him, but I also expect more from Ziyech and Havertz.

"Everybody is happy with Havertz because he scored the goal in the Champions League so he’s a legend forever now, but if we check what he did last season and what he’s doing now – and of course he’s young so we need to calm down and be nice to him – I want to see more from him because I know he can be much better than what he is showing right now.

"Werner showed his talent when he was in Germany and you cannot lose it, but he needs to find it again – it’s like riding a bicycle as you never forget.

"I want to give him more time as we’ve seen so many players struggling for two years and then suddenly flying, so I hope he’s going to do that otherwise he’s going to be a failure."


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