Chelsea’s Timo Werner is the biggest flop of the season so far, but will be a great signing, says Ray Parlour

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Ray Parlour has picked the biggest flop of the season so far (Picture: Getty Images)

Arsenal legend Ray Parlour believes Chelsea’s Timo Werner is the biggest flop of the Premier League season so far, but also feels the striker will come good eventually.

Werner arrived at Stamford Bridge over the summer in a £47.5m move from RB Leipzig and came with a huge reputation as a prolific goal-scorer.

The German has netted 10 times in all competitions this season for the Blues, so it has not been a total disaster, but he has struggled to make a regular impact in the Premier League.

The 25-year-old has scored just once in his last 20 Premier League appearances, with his only goal since Thomas Tuchel took over in January coming in a 2-0 win over Newcastle.

With just five Premier League goals to his name, it has not been the return that Chelsea had hoped for so far from the Germany international and Parlour feels he has to be labelled the biggest flop of the season to date.

However, he does still see the striker as a quality operator and expects him to prove his worth eventually.

‘I think Werner is probably the one,’ Parlour told talkSPORT of the most disappointing player this season.

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Werner scored four goals in his first eight Premier League appearances but just one in his next 20 (Picture: Getty Images)

‘I still think he will be a great signing for Chelsea. He’s still getting used to the Premier League but he’s been disappointing so far.

‘I thought he’d be perfect for it. As soon as he came he hit the ground running, Chelsea have got a great player on their hands, especially for the money they spent. But it just hasn’t worked out for him.

‘Whether he plays on the left-hand side, is he a centre-forward? I don’t really know what his best position is at the moment. He’s been disappointing.

‘I think most Chelsea fans would say that there’s a lot more to come from Timo Werner next season.’

Chelsea boss Tuchel is not concerned by Werner’s struggles for form, which were highlighted as he missed an incredibly easy opportunity to score in Germany’s shock 2-1 defeat to North Macedonia in midweek.

The Blues manager confirmed that Werner will start against West Brom on Saturday and said he even stopped him trying to do more finishing training as he does not need the practice.

‘Yesterday I sent him in from training because he wanted to do some finishing with us an I just sent him in,’ said Tuchel. ‘I said: “You don’t need that, your body and your brain knows how to score you did it since you were six years old so don’t worry it will come.”

‘If a woman does not want to go out for dinner with you you cannot force her. you can just step a little bit back then maybe she will call you up.

‘The goals will come but of course he needs to do something for it and the best thing to do is not to think and work hard against the ball, be reliable with the ball, do your runs and don’t hesitate and be fearless and don’t overthink it.’

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