Timo Werner was the hero in Chelsea’s tricky 3-2 away win over Luton Town in the FA Cup fifth round, but the German is said to be in crucial talks with Thomas Tuchel
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The German contributed a goal and two assists The Blues meet Luton Town in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Wednesday night.
But despite his positive performance at Kenilworth Road, Werner’s stuttering form was frequently questioned during his time at Chelsea.
He has only started six of the incumbents Champions League holder 25 First League Games this season and has not yet made domestic appearances since Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Brighton in January.
And with his playing time and form showing little sign of improvement, the former RB Leipzig man will have firm talks with Chelsea officials – including Tuchel – about his future.
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A report from GOAL claims Werner’s representatives will be meeting with Chelsea officials in the coming weeks.
They are believed to be looking to decipher the Germany international’s role and involvement at the club ahead of the summer transfer window.
In addition, Borussia Dortmund are said to be interested in Werner signing, and the striker is also said to be interested in a move – if there is little future at Chelsea.
Werner was brought to Stamford Bridge in Frank Lampard’s second season at the club at a hefty cost of £47.5million.
While his overall record of 19 goals and 19 assists in 76 appearances is not disastrous, Werner’s debut season was marred by a series of poor and sometimes embarrassing misses in front of goal.
His confidence, particularly in front of goal, often seemed shaken under both Lampard and Tuchel.
Werner’s efforts to adapt to the Premier League prompted Tuchel and Roman Abramovich to break the bank and sign Romelu Lukaku for £97.5m.
The former Inter Milan ace arrived in the club’s record-breaking signing and would also have become the most expensive player in Premier League history had Jack Grealish not left Manchester City for 100 million pounds.
Lukaku has also weathered his own difficulties with the west Londoners but, like Werner, he also scored against Luton.
“Timo played very well,” said Tuchel after the game.
“I’m happy about that and that Romelu [Lukaku] has reached its goal. That’s why we left them on the pitch.
“These games are the most important games for them at the moment, even if they think they should have played this or that game.”
Werner seemed almost relieved with his winning performance against the championship team.
“I’m happy I got my goal and an assist,” he said BBC Sports.
“I tried to help the team as much as possible to win the game and we did that today.”
While Dortmund could be interested in Werner, the German’s £250,000-a-week could be an insurmountable stumbling block for Marco Rose’s side.
And Chelsea’s new situation could see the Blues struggle in the upcoming transfer windows.
Roman Abramovich’s shocking announcement that he would put the club up for sale hints at an uncertain future for the six-time Premier League champions.
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