The arguments with Tuchel that led to Werner’s permanent transfer

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel speaks to Timo Werner (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images)
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel speaks to Timo Werner (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images) /

On paper, nobody can deny that Chelsea have made a 100 per cent positive start to the 2022/23 Premier League campaign. However, in reality issues remain: a suitable setup is required for the personnel, more reinforcements are needed for the aspired level, an unfit athlete was rushed back with scant other choice on the day, narrow margins against poor teams and a lack of overall quality despite carving out many chances. There were other promising notes to make from a hard-fought victory: Raheem Sterling looked electric at times and his composure will increase. In addition, on the bright side, there is the age-old notion that champions-elect manage to grind out results when underperforming.

Though lifting the English top-flight trophy is a monumental task for the Blues this season, once again: CFC have not yet quite improved on the pitch or in general. Whereas Liverpool and Manchester City, certainly, seem even stronger this term. Thomas Tuchel definitely appears to be relaxed at this stage, regardless of a defining and maiden year ahead under new ownership. At halftime, the German head coach actually joked with his men that they may be in a typical Chelsea game where ‘Jorgi’ nets a spot kick and they win 1-0. Jorginho, the intriguingly unpredictable penalty prince, had already netted the decider for Chels’ at that stage, with Tuchel obviously uncertain of the result.

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Arguments with Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel led to Timo Werner’s permanent transfer

OK, now let’s address the biggest talking point on Monday morning with the transfer market still in full swing. Today it is a high profile outgoing star which we shall wave goodbye to. Timo Werner is permanently leaving. The Germany international will rejoin former club RB Leipzig; a deal was agreed by the two clubs for approximately £25.3million.

I’d say this is a significant step down in stature, quality and division for the jack of all attacking trades and master of none. I am aware that my above assessment of Werner is particularly biting and critical – yet I believe the appraisal is absolutely accurate. The forward did next to nothing to justify the incredible standing he was given at Stamford Bridge, and should never have been signed in the first place.

However, I completely understand the reasoning at this point of his career, with his World Cup place unsecured. Pride of London wishes the best to all ex-players, but this outcome is the most suitable for all parties.

An element of Werner’s departure has increased my respect and feeling of safety with Tuchel at the Blues helm. The countrymen apparently fell out – presumably as colleagues from the same nation in a different country, they were close at one time – over the makeshift striker’s lack of opportunity, minutes as well as how he was deployed at Chelsea. Tuchel is clear. You can read more from Nizaar Kinsella about the arguments.

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Werner’s body language was atrocious on occasion when facing Arsenal in the disastrous Florida Cup Final. You could tell he was leaving simply via a severe lack of effort in parts; this seemed almost aimed at the onetime Borussia Dortmund manager out of spite. On one hand, I can see where the 26-year-old was coming from, although I side with Tuchel.