Chelsea urged to give up on 'erratic' Werner in favour of new summer transfer

Chelsea must cut their losses with Timo Werner and pursue a “big transfer” at centre-forward in the summer window.

That’s the view of former England striker Gabriel Agbonlahor, who accused Werner of being too “wild” and “erratic” for the Blues.

Werner arrived from RB Leipzig for a fee of £54million last summer and is Chelsea’s top goalscorer (12) and assister this season (14).

Just six of those goals have come in the Premier League, however, and the 25-year-old has missed many a gilt-edged chance.

Werner endured another disappointing outing in Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat by Leicester in the FA Cup final on Saturday – and Agbonlahor has seen enough from the Germany international.

Werner is yet to prove he has the clinical edge required to play for Chelsea
Werner is yet to prove he has the clinical edge required to play for Chelsea

“I’ve tried to give him the benefit of the doubt as it’s his first season, but the more I’m seeing of him he’s making the wrong decision,” former Aston Villa ace Agbonlahor told talkSPORT .

“He picked the ball up, running at two defenders and takes a wild shot over the bar when it’s best to make a pass and another run.

Agbonlahor voiced his concerns over the German's first season with the Blues
Agbonlahor voiced his concerns over the German’s first season with the Blues

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“He seems a bit too erratic and Chelsea, with their history with the likes of Didier Drogba and the strikers they’ve had in the past, they need to go out and buy a big, big striker who can score goals and turn up in the big games.”

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel appears to be aware of his side’s deficiencies up front as he is reportedly targeting either Romelu Lukaku or Erling Haaland this summer.

Lukaku fired Inter Milan to Serie A glory this season with 23 league goals – almost quadruple Werner’s tally in the Premier League.

Haaland, meanwhile, has scored 25 Bundesliga goals at a rate of one every 93 minutes, while his tally in all competitions is an eye-watering 39 goals in 40 games.

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