The Southampton manager, who has previously worked with the Germany international at RB Leipzig, is confident he will deliver his best if played as a central frontman.
is “one of the best strikers in Europe” and his performance will improve to its best should he be put in the correct position.
signed with another prolific frontman in 2020’s summer transfer window. While facing competition with many clubs around the world, Chelsea snapped him up in a £47.5 million ($65m) contract from RB Leipzig.
Seeing Werner’s impressive performance in his homeland, it was expected of the striker to shine in England. He got off on the right foot with eight goals by November; however, he has only met the target once playing in 14 games ever since, with that goal being netted in the FA Cup victory over Morecambe.
Although Lampard has backed the 24-year-old at times, Hasenhuttl is confident Chelsea would benefit more if they use him in his favoured role.
The Southampton boss said: “
I know Timo very well and I have seen him in situations where he was not good.
“Most of the time when I have seen this is because of the reason that the game doesn’t fit to him. The team didn’t play in a way where he can bring his best on the pitch, I think.
“He is definitely a player where you have to adapt your game to him. If you do this, he will give you everything you need from a striker.
“But, therefore, he has some qualities you really have to focus on.
"The good thing for him, I think at Leipzig when I was there, is we concentrated completely on his qualities. Our quick transitions after winning the ball, it was perfect for our game.
“Also, when he was with Julian [Nagelsmann], he was also scoring a lot of goals.”
Hasenhuttl added: “Y
ou really need to bring him into his best position so he can bring his strength on the pitch. For me, he is one of the best strikers in Europe.”
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