Timo Werner’s former RB Leipzig boss gave his views on how the forward can get back to his clinical best at Chelsea.
Julian Nagelsmann is certain Thomas Tuchel is the answer to extracting Timo Werner’s full potential at Chelsea.
Werner has endured a tough campaign since his €53 million arrival last year. The forward hasn’t lived up to his goalscoring reputation from Germany, having squandered some big opportunities.
But while Werner is yet to rediscover his clinical touch in front of goal, the former Stuttgart man has chipped in an impressive 12 assists in the Premier League.
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Since Tuchel became Chelsea manager in January, however, there has been an improvement. And Nagelsmann expects more improved performances to come next season.
“Thomas [Tuchel] is a great coach and has shown in the past that he can make players better,” he told the Telegraph.
“Timo is a player that performs best when he is in his comfort zone, and I am still sure he will fit well in the Chelsea squad.
“Every striker goes through these periods once in a while. There have been times when Timo did not score in Leipzig as well.
“It is just a phase you have to get through.”
Werner managed 34 goals and 14 assists in 45 appearances under Nagelsmann at Leipzig.
On his former star striker’s problems, the soon-to-be Bayern Munich boss added: “From a distance, I would say it was a season with ups and downs.
“He started off well, scoring some goals in the beginning of the season, but he also had some tough times throughout this special campaign with an extremely tight schedule.”
Werner hopes to end the Premier League season on a high in Chelsea’s final game away to Aston Villa on Sunday.
The 25-year-old has provided an assist in each of his last three league games and hopes to do so again while ending a three-match goal drought.