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Scott Minto: ‘Timo Werner is a defender’s nightmare’

Thu 31 December 2020 | 16:49

Scott Minto believes Werner needs a fixed role to settle and find a spark.

Timo Werner

had already scored eight goals by early November, as he offered an immediate return on a £47.5 million ($65m) price tag, but since then he was not able to score any goals through 11 games.




Scott Minto

believes Werner needs a fixed role as he is struggling to settle and find a spark.

“He’s a player. He’s a defender’s nightmare,” Minto said.

“If he’s going to play on that left-hand side, Frank Lampard has a decision to make. If they are going to play him on the left and have a big man upfront, then you have to accept that he is going to come inside and try to link up with [Olivier] Giroud or [Tammy] Abraham, and defensively that is going to leave you open – as we saw against Arsenal.

“Or, you stick him upfront - you play him on the last defender, try and bring everybody a little bit short, make the opposition defense compact for a ball over the top or slide passes for his pace.

“In terms of his finishing, he is another one that should have, and this is his fault, another seven or eight goals to his name this season.

“He has got himself, either by good movement or by doing it himself, into some fantastic positions, one-on-one with keepers, and just not been that ice-cold striker you need to be in front of goal. But I have no doubts whatsoever that he will come good.

“I do have a problem with him tactically, in terms of playing left and defending as a team, so is Frank willing to sacrifice having that protection having him on the left-hand side and coming in, or are you going to stick him upfront?

“I have no doubts he will be a big player for Chelsea over the coming years.”

The blues have only collected four points from their last five

Premier League

games and they are going to start 2021 with a game against Manchester City.

source: SportMob