Timo Werner admits he has endured his ‘worst season’ for ‘many years’ but has no plans to leave Chelsea – with £53m ace hoping to improve next year so fans ‘become happier’ with him
- Chelsea striker Timo Werner has scored 12 goals this season in all competitions
- Werner has struggled to live up to the £53m fee Chelsea handed to RB Leipzig
- Speaking to The Telegraph, Werner admitted to having struggled this campaign
- But despite the question marks, the ace insisted he has no plans to exit the club
Chelsea striker Timo Werner has admitted to having endured his ‘worst season’ for ‘many years’ but insists he has never entertained the idea of leaving the club.
Werner, 25, joined from RB Leipzig for £53million last summer but has so far struggled to live up to his hefty price tag in a campaign marred by several glaring misses in front of goal.
But when questioned over his future by The Telegraph, Werner was quick to leap to his own defence and reveal that his sights are firmly set on improving in order to make supporters ‘happier’ with him.
Chelsea frontman Timo Werner has admitted to enduring his ‘worst season’ for ‘many years’
Asked whether he expects to remain at Chelsea for the start of next year, Werner said: ‘Of course. In terms of scoring and missing chances, it was the worst season, but in the end I still have 27 goal contributions.
‘I think I’m the first in our team for that, so it was not everything bad and I don’t think about leaving the club this year, for sure not, and also for the next year.
‘I think we have a very good team and I hope to come back to scoring and that I can do everything that’s expected of me.’
Werner (C) has scored 12 goals in his first season at Chelsea but is also guilty of glaring misses
Despite having cemented his reputation as one of the continent’s most prolific frontmen during his Bundesliga spell, Werner has been forced to see out a much rougher ride in London.
With just 12 goals to his name across all competitions, question marks have been raised over Werner and his long-term spot at Stamford Bridge.
‘I think a lot of people’s expectations for me, outside the club but also inside the club, were very high because of my goalscoring record,’ Werner added.
‘I also assisted many goals last year in my old club, but I think the main reason why they brought me here in the club is to score and maybe at the end 12 goals and six goals in the Premier League, that’s not good enough.
Despite struggling to live up to his £53million price tag, Werner plans to remain with Chelsea
‘You have to say that I have 12 goals and 15 assists or something like that in every competition and 27 goal contributions, that’s not so bad in what’s maybe my unluckiest season, maybe my worst season I’ve had for many years.
‘If I’m scoring next season, hopefully, maybe people will become happier with me.’
Chelsea were able to wrap up a top-four finish in the Premier League on the dramatic final day, with Werner also helping them reach the FA Cup final and the final of the Champions League this weekend.
Werner netted against Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final and wants to improve
But the Germany international has largely been forced to experience his rollercoaster journey with the Blues behind closed doors, and Thomas Tuchel believes the return of supporters will help him move to the next level.
‘I spoke about it with the board in our very first talks, that I had the feeling it was a young team,’ boss Tuchel said.
‘And looking at the characteristics from outside – not just with Timo – that the board should not forget the influence of not having the supporters helping them overcome difficult moments in matches.’
Thomas Tuchel says supporters can help drive Werner on and has promised to ‘push’ the ace
Tuchel also promised to ‘push’ Werner to take leaps forward with his stuttering form next season, adding: ‘He’s still young and can still improve. This is what we demand every week.
‘When he has some time to rest, some time on holiday for mental rest, I’m sure he can take the next steps next year. He will know the environment, what he is up against, how to adapt. We try to push him now because we need that.
‘Many goalscorers in Europe take penalties for their team and it’s usual that their high numbers have penalties. If we had penalties in his number everyone might be happy with his numbers.’
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