Pundit digs at 'whinging' Timo Werner as Chelsea make transfer decision - 'he's got to get out'
Noel Whelan has insisted Timo Werner needs to “get out” of Chelsea if he still cannot get to grips with the Premier League.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 26-year-old has been a “disappointment” for the Blues – and slammed his “little comments” in the media.
According to The Times (21 July), Chelsea are willing to listen to bids for Werner but have so far been unable to find a potential suitor for the striker – who is on “big wages” at Stamford Bridge.
As quoted by Metro (19 July), the Germany international revealed he wants to “play more” this season in order to ensure his “happiness” at the London club.
In response, manager Thomas Tuchel insisted he “doesn’t understand” Werner’s comments – claiming the outburst took him by “surprise”.
Whelan suggested the £48million man cannot rely on “pace alone” to turn around his poor form in front of goal.
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He told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury: “When he came in, everyone expected great things from him.
“We’ve not seen anything close to that. I think the Premier League has crept up on him, and he’s just realising how tough it is.
“You might be quick or have had success in other leagues – but you’re playing against international defenders week-in, week-out in England.
“He’s disappointed the Chelsea fans and definitely been a disappointment for the board – considering the money they paid for him.
“Now he’s getting that whinge about him. He’s making little comments.
“At the end of the day, if he’s not happy in the Premier League then he’s got to get out. Pace alone cannot help you.”
Werner, who is under contract until June 2025, has notched 23 goals in 89 games for Chelsea to date.
Football Insider revealed last month (23 June) that Liverpool are weighing up a possible move for the former RB Leipzig man – who was a target for the Reds in 2019.