Timo Werner joined Chelsea for £50 million in 2020 from RB Leipzig. The German international failed to replicate his goal-scoring form that lured Chelsea to sign from the Bundesliga side.
Werner scored 23 goals and provided 21 assists in 89 appearances for Chelsea, helping the blues win the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, and FIFA Club World. But, Timo Werner’s lack of goals and composure in front of the goal always earned criticism from the Chelsea fans and pundits as well.
Chelsea sold Timo Werner back to RB Leipzig this summer for £25 million. The German international has regained his goal-scoring prowess after joining the Bundesliga side scoring 7 goals and proving 4 assists in 13 outings for RB Leipzig.
Arsenal Legend Thierry Henry has revealed that the 26-year-old lack of confidence and not being loved by the Chelsea fans resulted in his struggles.
What did Thierry Henry say?
Speaking on CBS Sports, the Arsenal Legend said: “I will call it confidence. You have players who don’t care if you put your arm around them. They will come, execute and leave.
“Then you have some players that need to feel the love. They need to feel maybe that they are going to play for 90 minutes. The best example is the second goal.
“First and foremost on the first control, Timo Werner would never have put that ball down at Chelsea, and then he would never have seen [Emil] Forsberg.
“He would have rushed it trying to do something, overthinking it and overdoing it. I saw it before, he was calm before and he is calm again.
“Maybe he would have shot [when he brought the ball down] because people said he can’t score at Chelsea – it gives you confidence when you score again. Then I see him pass it with his left foot at the right time.
“Sometimes you go to some places, they don’t show you that love, I’m not saying he didn’t have it, but if he didn’t feel it like he felt it at Leipzig, then you aren’t going to be at your best and you won’t take the right decision.”
Timo Werner took to social media to thank Chelsea fans after leaving the club.
The 26-year-old wrote on social media: “Dear Blues, today marks the end of my journey with Chelsea FC.
“I am incredibly grateful for the time I spent at this special club. At this point, I would like to express my appreciation for my teammates, the coaches, and the staff, and especially for you, the supporters of Chelsea Football Club.
“I felt so much love and support throughout the last two years and I will never forget how you guys stood behind me in good and in challenging times!
“We lifted trophies like the Champions League together and I will always remember the song you wrote and chanted for me. I’m already looking forward to hopefully playing at Stamford Bridge again one day!”