Former Schalke 04 great Klaus Fischer has watched Timo Werner have an up-and-down season with Chelsea and now sees the former Bayern Munich transfer target relegated to the bench for Germany.
Fischer thinks Werner is capable of taking his game to another level, but he’ll need confidence to do so.
“He scored 25 goals at Leipzig last season and that’s quite a decent number. Now, his biggest struggle is taking advantage of opportunities, he didn’t really show that at Leipzig and he needs to work on that,” said Fischer in a recent interview with the website NetBet. “He has to improve his left foot, he has had a lot of chances to score, which he hasn’t taken. I do believe that Werner will remain an important player for Chelsea and for the national team, because of how fast he is. You need fast players, that’s why he will prevail, but he also needs confidence. Self-confidence for a striker is goals, if he starts scoring regularly then he’ll get that confidence in himself.”
Right now, Germany is playing without a true striker and is using three forwards interchanging in roles across the frontline of Joachim Löw’s 3-4-3. While Werner was not called upon against Portugal, it is easy to think that Löw could be inclined to need Werner’s pace and ability at some point during this tournament.