Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has weighed in on how Timo Werner’s recent struggles in front of goal could harm Germany in Euro 2020.
Arsene Wenger has suggested Timo Werner’s wastefulness in front of goal could be a problem for Germany in the European Championship.
A tally of just 12 goals, including six goals in the Premier League, came Werner’s way across 52 appearances in all competitions to cap off a mixed debut campaign at Chelsea in 2020/21.
But while the 25-year-old continues to be without his deadly spark in front of goal, he has continued to supply assists for his teammates and impress with his overall run of play. His wastefulness in the final third, however, is a concern.
"I have not seen a team doing well with players knowing that the manager is not there after the tournament!"
Arsene Wenger is not rating Germany ahead of Euro 2020!
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“I like the quality of his runs,” Wenger told beIN SPORTS on Werner. “I like his movement, but he’s not… we see his conversion rate with the number of chances he has.
“He’s not good enough to say, but he will be absolutely the favorite to be the player of the tournament [Euro 2020].’
“Because in this kind of tournaments, you have to, you need a good conversion rate.”
The former Arsenal manager also doesn’t view Germany as serious challengers ahead of Joachim Low’s last tournament as head coach.
“Honestly, I’m not very confident for Germany. They have lost the belief,” said Wenger.
“The Germans, to be successful you need in the team a combination of hunger, belief, aggression, and that you’re capable to fight the doubt. I believe in Germany belief has gone.
“Another hurdle is that it be the last tournament Joachim manages. To be completely honest, I have not seen a team do well when the players know that the manager will not there anymore after the tournament.”