It’s fair to say that opinion is firmly divided on Chelsea forward Timo Werner at this point of his Stamford Bridge career.
The German striker arrived from RB Leipzig last summer in a major move as the Blues looked to add a goalscorer to their forward line.
He arrived with a big reputation from the Bundesliga, and there was plenty of hope he would be the man to fire the Blues forward.
That didn’t really happen, though, as the striker struggled to find his best form, with numerous examples of him lacking the cutting edge that was required.
While a tally of 12 goals and 15 assists was a more than decent return, there were plenty of times when Werner showed a worrying lack of cutting edge in front of goal.
It’s why Chelsea moved to spend big money on Romelu Lukaku this summer, and while it’s early days, the differences are night and day.
While the Belgian has flourished, Werner has continued to struggle, with a glaring miss during international duty with Germany, during the recent international break, bringing the attention back on him once more.
That led to former stars Ruud Gullit and Marco van Basten discussing him, and it’s fair to say they were less than impressed by the Chelsea man.
“Was I 18 times better than Werner? At least, I even found that a modest number. He is not good enough for a higher level,” Voetbal International report Van Basten saying.
“I can confirm it,” added Gullit, on the subject on Van Basten being better.
“Werner is almost touching to see. You can see that he has no confidence. But as a coach, you see that he is in the right place every time, but in the end, he only scores once.”