Former Chelsea star Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has ravaged the performance of Blues striker Timo Werner who failed to make an impact in a 1-1 draw with Manchester United.
Werner was given a rare chance to fill Thomas Tuchel’s centre forward berth against United after dropping down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge.
There were hopes the £47.5million signing would create a partnership up front with summer buy Romelu Lukaku this season, but the German international has instead become a support option.
With Lukaku only just returning from injury Werner was given the opportunity to spearhead Chelsea’s attack, but instead he left it blunt.
The 25-year-old had six shots in 82 minutes on the pitch, four of them being blocked while the other two ended up off target.
One of the blocks looked set to be a certain goal, while Werner’s miss from a corner will be keeping him up at night, with the ball dropping to him perfectly in the box, but he then dragged it well wide.
Hasselbaink knows exactly what it takes to score goals for Chelsea having found the net 87 times in 177 games for the Blues, and was far from impressed by Werner’s efforts.
“Poor. Poor with the ball, poor without the ball,” Hasselbaink said on Werner. “With his runs, normally he’s really sharp with his runs.
“At the end of the day you’re a number nine, you’re going to be judged on the opportunities that you get and what you do with them.
“It was not good enough, he needs to score at least one of the two chances, especially the other one that he takes with his right he should take with his left and he should score, and then he starts feeling better.
“He keeps on missing big chances, big opportunities, when it is 0-0, or 1-0 or 1-1, he needs to put them away.”
Chelsea instead had to rely on midfielder Jorginho for their goal-scoring on the night, with the Italian tucking home a penalty in trademark fashion to atone for an earlier error that led to Jadon Sancho’s opener.
Werner eventually made way for Lukaku with eight minutes to play, but centre-back Antonio Rudiger was instead given the chance to win the game, with his guilt-edged shot in the box ending up well off target.
Fellow pundit Roy Keane agreed with Hasselbaink’s assessment of Werner, with his six shots that failed to trouble David de Gea deemed unacceptable.
“He’s not even hitting the target with some of these chances,” Keane said. “At least make the keeper make a save.
“Obviously we saw the big chance at the end, but for a striker, hit the target, make the keeper work.”
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