You can probably add Chelsea’s Timo Werner to the list of folks hoping that the DFB finds a way to wrangle Hansi Flick from Bayern Munich this summer.
Flick, of course is said to be a fan of Werner, but Germany manager Joachim Löw might have lost faith in the speedy forward.
Per a report from Bild that was captured in a tweet by @iMiaSanMia, Löw no longer trusts Werner to play against deep-sitting teams and told the 25-year-old as much.
The news obviously came as a surprise to Werner and reportedly upset the player:
Timo Werner sat on the bench both against Iceland & Romania. Joachim Löw no longer trusts Werner against teams that sit deep. The striker was a bit surprised and upset by the explanation of Löw. The coach relies on Gnabry upfront with Havertz & Sané on the wings [Bild] pic.twitter.com/WSBYAC1Ugq— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) March 29, 2021
For Werner, this is yet another blow in a season that has not been one to remember. After a solid start at Chelsea, Werner faded under Frank Lampard. When Thomas Tuchel took over, it appeared that Werner was once again headed in the right direction, but this latest news could be another hit to Werner’s confidence.
Is this some kind of motivational tactic that Löw is implementing to try and get the forward fully back on track or is this potentially the last straw that will see Werner dropped from the squad for the European Championships?
Werner only saw substitute duty against both Iceland and Romania and acclimated himself well in what amounted to very short stints on the pitch. Werner only totaled only 25 minutes of field time over the to games. Against Romania, Werner found himself angling in from the left-wing and fired a shot that found too much of Romania goalkeeper Florian Nita.
One thing we know about post-2014 Löw is that he loves himself a nice scapegoat (just ask Thomas Müller, Jerome Boateng, and Mats Hummels). Though, Werner only played 13 minutes against Romania, you can ascertain that Werner’s chance was one of the lost opportunities Löw references in his postgame comments.