By Noel Whelan

4th Aug, 2022 | 8:00am

Newcastle United could give Timo Werner transfer lifeline amid 'baffling' claim - pundit

Noel Whelan has claimed Newcastle may be “willing to take a chance” on wantaway Chelsea star Timo Werner this summer.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the Magpies “could have a player on their hands” if the 26-year-old can fix his “baffling” form in front of goal.

According to journalist Fabrizio Romano (1 August), Newcastle are yet to hold direct talks with Chelsea for Werner despite their reported interest in the Germany international.

He claimed former club RB Leipzig are leading the race to re-sign their former striker.

Werner scored just 11 goals in 37 outings last season as his struggles since joining the Blues for a reported £47.5million continued.

Whelan insisted the Champions League winner has “got all the attributes to be a great player”.

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“It’s not been a smooth ride for him at Chelsea,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

“It hasn’t been what we expected, and he certainly hasn’t lived up to the massive hype.

“He was scoring goals for fun, but came to the Premier League and really struggled.

“If he wants to stay in England then he has to brush up his game. He gets caught offside an awful lot, even though he’s got the blistering pace.

“He needs a bit more common sense, and a bit more of a clinical nature in front of goal. If he can do that, then Newcastle could have a player on their hands.

“Newcastle might be willing to take that chance because they know there is a player in there.

“He’s got all the attributes to be a great player, it’s just the end product which is really baffling at times.”

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