Timo Werner move could spell the end for Tammy Abraham
Former Liverpool player Steve Nicol has claimed that Timo Werner’s possible move to Chelsea could spell the end for Tammy Abraham.
The 22-year-old has enjoyed a breakthrough first season for the Blues, registering 15 goals in 34 appearances.
However, Nicol believes that Werner’s arrival to Frank Lampard’s side could mean the end of Abraham’s impressive run.
The ex-defender told ESPN: “I don’t believe Frank and Chelsea are going to change the way they play and you have to say that signing Werner would spell the end for Tammy Abraham. I mean goodness knows what is going through his head.
“Allegedly Frank has been telling Werner that he is going to build the team around him so you don’t build your team around a wide midfielder. You build through the spine so that means straight away that Tammy Abraham is in trouble.”
Chelsea are thought to be on the brink of signing the 24-year-old, who has scored 25 league goals this season
How Timo Werner’s arrival at Chelsea will boost Chelsea squad
However, Those who think that Timo Werner’s imminent arrival at Chelsea is bad news for Tammy Abraham have not been paying close enough attention to the 24-year-old Germany international’s performances in the Bundesliga.
Any close analysis of the RB Leipzig forward, who is set to complete a £53million move to Stamford Bridge, indicates that the Blues current leading scorer stands to benefit greatly from his arrival.
One of the biggest positives to signing Werner is his versatility and viewing him as a direct competitor with Abraham for one spot is rather missing the entire point of the Germany international signing for Chelsea.
Yes, Werner has played up top by himself on occasion this season but he has also acted as a false nine, out wide and, most intriguingly for the future at Chelsea, in a free role behind a centre forward.
It is in that latter position that Werner has looked at his best, his unpredictable off-ball runs causing Bundesliga defences nightmares.
Take the recent 5-0 win away to Mainz in which he scored a hat-trick while playing behind Yussuf Poulsen.
As the touch match map below shows, Werner was as active out wide as in a central area and regularly dropped deep to link up play and start moves.
His three goals were a lesson in clinical finishing and it could easily have been more if he had not been denied by the crossbar in the first half and an impressive save from Florian Muller in the second.
Abraham’s game is built more around his physical presence, which Chelsea hope can become greater as he bulks up, and close-ranging finishing.
As we have known for some time, he very rarely scores from outside the area but thrives as a poacher.
Werner, whose main fault is a habit of being called needlessly offside, has more of an all-round game.
Expect him to be used in a range of positions depending on the opposition.