“I Agree” – Gary Lineker reacts after what Micah Richards has claimed about Timo Werner at Chelsea
In a rare moment of consensus, football pundits Gary Lineker and Micah Richards share a unified perspective on Timo Werner’s stint at Chelsea, contending that the German striker faced undue pressure to find the net at Stamford Bridge, a facet they believe is not his forte. Speaking on ‘The Rest is Football,’ both pundits concurred that Werner’s goal-scoring responsibilities may have been misplaced, contributing to the scrutiny he endured during his time with Chelsea.
Werner, currently plying his trade on loan at Tottenham for the remainder of the season, has seamlessly integrated into the starting lineup, assuming a pivotal role. Despite a goalless start since his return to England, Werner has garnered acclaim for his assist contributions, showcasing a different facet of his attacking prowess.
Micah Richards articulated his perspective, stating, “I don’t think he needs that responsibility to score all the goals. I know that sounds ridiculous, but I mean in terms of the way they want to play and press. If they can just use his pace to break the line and just pass it across, whereas I feel at Chelsea, there was a lot more responsibility on him to score goals.”
Gary Lineker concurred with Richards’ assessment, emphasizing the need to reconsider the lens through which Werner’s contributions are evaluated.
The scrutiny surrounding Chelsea players, particularly those occupying the left-hand side, has been a recurring theme this season. Mykhailo Mudryk, despite being a year into his Chelsea career, continues to display rawness and struggles to secure a consistent starting position. Raheem Sterling, with his wealth of experience, has also faced criticism for perceived irregular contributions.
As Chelsea gears up for the upcoming Premier League clash against Wolves, the uncertainty looms over the starting lineup, with both Mudryk and Sterling facing realistic prospects of being sidelined. The discussions surrounding Werner’s role, now at Tottenham, bring to light the nuanced expectations and strategic considerations that influence the assessment of a player’s performance beyond mere goal-scoring statistics.