Chelsea’s Timo Werner reminds me of Thierry Henry, claims ex-Premier League striker Kevin Phillips

Timo Werner has got off the mark in the Premier League for Chelsea
Timo Werner has got off the mark in the Premier League for Chelsea (Getty)

Former Premier League striker Kevin Phillips has likened Chelsea forward Timo Werner to Arsenal legend Thierry Henry.

The Germany international, who was signed in a £47.5 million deal from RB Leipzig in the summer, finally got off the mark in the Premier League last weekend in Chelsea’s 3-3 draw with Southampton.

Werner scored two brilliant individual efforts in the match at Stamford Bridge and has already claimed that he is aiming to match last season’s tally of 34 goals in 45 appearances for RB Leipzig.

Phillips, who won the Premier League and European Golden boot with 30 goals in 36 league games for Sunderland in the 1999-2000 season, has praised Werner’s early performances for Chelsea and believes the 24-year-old offers similar qualities to what Henry showed during his time at Arsenal.

Asked if he rates Werner’s start to life at Chelsea, Phillips told Betfred: ‘Yeah, I do.

‘I think he showed his class in his goal [against Southampton] where he flicked it over the keeper and headed it in, other players would have panicked in that situation.

Timo Werner scored two superb goals in Chelsea's 3-3 draw with Southampton
Timo Werner scored two superb goals in Chelsea’s 3-3 draw with Southampton (AP)

‘It’s fantastic, he’s got the ability to drop deep. He reminds me a little bit of Thierry Henry where he’s able to drop deep, drive at players, drop the shoulder and finish.

‘He’s an exciting player. [Kai] Havertz as well looks really exciting.’

Meanwhile, former Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has urged Frank Lampard to play Werner in a more central role.

‘He just turns the defender so easy and there is only one thing on his mind and that’s to get the shot off,’ Hasselbaink told Sky Sports this week.

‘He is not somebody who likes to play with his back to goal. He likes to see the goal and make his run always on the shoulder of the centre-halves.

‘He just knows where the back of the net is. I like him when he plays through the middle but not when he plays on the left.

‘He does drift and then come back but yeah, a top striker. His runs are limited because he can only come from the left and cut back into the right-sided centre-half, he is more restricted and he likes to be free.’

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