Joe Cole has suggested that Chelsea’s Timo Werner should be dropped by Frank Lampard – and has urged the forward to work on his finishing.
The £52m summer signing from RB Leipzig has shown signs of promise in a Blues shirt, but suffered a frustrating night in the 2-1 defeat to Wolves on Tuesday.
The German has failed to score for the club since netting in the 4-1 win against Sheffield United last month, and he struggled to make an impact again against Wolves.
Speaking to Amazon Prime, Cole claimed the team could do with some freshening up – and believes Werner is the man who could make way for another player over the Christmas period.
“I think Werner, when he comes in off that left, he’s very, very dangerous,” Cole said.
“I just think he just needs to brush up on his finishing, but he’s a young striker and he will do that.
“So I’ve got no doubts he’ll be a top player for Chelsea but there’s options now and he [Lampard] needs to move it around.
“Ziyech and Hudson-Odoi to come back in, freshen it up at some point. Take Werner out, bring him back in.
“It’s a marathon to win a title usually, and certainly this year. You’ve got to use your whole squad. So Werner maybe come out, bring the other lads back in.”
Nevertheless, Cole does think both Werner and fellow big-money signing Kai Havertz have a big future at Stamford Bridge despite their somewhat subdued starts to life in the Premier League.
He added: “You can compare him (Werner) with other big foreign imports, sometimes they come to this league – certainly in these situations you have to understand it might take time for them to settle.
“I think for him and Havertz it has as well. Werner has probably settled in a little bit quicker. They are two top players, I know because you see the glimpses.
“But I have no doubt Werner and Havertz will be massive players for Chelsea.”