Joe Cole says Timo Werner needs to go and work on his finishing and believes Frank Lampard should consider taking him out of the team when the other players return.
The blues suffered their second consecutive defeat in the space of just a days on Tuesday against Wolves, losing 2-1, and Werner struggled throughout the game to make an impact.
The German forward has now gone eight matches without a goal for Chelsea in all competitions and, Cole believes it may be time to give him a rest.
‘I think Werner, when he comes in off that left, he’s very, very dangerous,’ Cole said on Amazon Prime Video after Chelsea’s defeat to Wolves.
‘I just think he just needs to brush up on his finishing, but he’s a young striker and he will do that. ‘So I’ve got no doubts he’ll be a top player for Chelsea but there’s options now and he [Lampard] needs to move it around.
‘Ziyech and Hudson-Odoi to come back in, freshen it up at some point. Take Werner out, bring him back in.
‘It’s a marathon to win a title usually, and certainly this year. You’ve got to use your whole squad. So Werner maybe come out, bring the other lads back in.’
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Despite saying Werner should be dropped from the team, Cole is a big fan of the former RB Leipzig striker and believes both he and compatriot Kai Havertz will still prove their worth for the club.
‘I think he’s had a good start to his Chelsea career,’ he continued. ‘You can compare him with other big foreign imports, sometimes they come to this league – certainly in these situations you have to understand it might take time for them to settle.
‘I think for him and Havertz it has as well. Werner has probably settled in a little bit quicker. They are two top players, I know because you see the glimpses.
‘But I have no doubt Werner and Havertz will be massive players for Chelsea.’