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Former Chelsea star Joe Cole believes Timo Werner will continue to play a leading role at Chelsea but believes Romelu Lukaku is an option his former club cannot refuse.
With Antonio Conte’s departure from Inter partly due to dwindling club funds, there are signs that the Serie A champions may struggle to keep their star striker.
Even though Chelsea managed to reach the Champions League final against Manchester City and place in the top four, he is known to want to add a star striker. Harry Kane (Tottenham) and Erling Haaland (Dortmund) are on the list, but Lukaku currently appears to be the most viable option for the Blues.
“I think Werner is a quality player Chelsea need but if Lukaku is available at the right price then Chelsea would take himCole said. He is one of the best forwards and all the teams are going to get stronger this year. To win titles, you need options and a mix of different types of players to win. “
Commenting on Saturday’s final, Cole added: “Measuring against Werner is totally bad for the way Pep [Guardiola, manager de Man City] plays, no system is impenetrable. Pep plays a certain way and if you get there, making the first and second pass with a player as explosive and intelligent as Timo with his runs, you’ll have space at some point.
“For me, Werner will probably start and this is the player who will hurt them. We have seen great players come to this country and fight. It’s also the year of Covid, which has been difficult for everyone. world, but there have been some positive signs in recent weeks in the way he’s affecting the game. I think he’s going to be a good player for Chelsea but I just think he needs persistence. “
Chelsea spent £ 150million (nearly € 200million) on three forwards last summer with Kai Havertz, Werner and Hakim Ziyech, but that didn’t translate into high scoring figures.
Jorginho leads the Blues’ Premier League scorers chart with seven goals, all from penalties. This is the lowest total of top scorers for Chelsea since 1975.
Therefore, the forward position has been identified as a key role to be filled, with Thomas Tuchel likely allowing the Blues to let Tammy Abraham go, who is attracting interest from Leicester City. Olivier Giroud should also leave the club, AC Milan being mentioned as a possible destination.
Tuchel generally favored Werner and Mason Mount in big matches, leaving a place open for one of the Havertz, Christian Pulisic, Callum Hudson-Odoi or Ziyech.
Mount’s status as an untouchable Blues star is not in question and Cole, who recently worked as a coach at Chelsea, remembers the day he was blown away by the England star’s talent.
“When you play the game you might see things that other people don’t see, he added. I remember playing a toro session in the middle with him when I was 17. He made a half volley pass through the eye of a needle and that pass made me realize that he was special.
“It was spitting up Steven Gerrard. The session progressed and he showed other strings to his bow, you talk to the other guys and the coaches about him and you realize that this kid has it all. has an impeccable mindset and is physically better than most people think, while being technically supreme.
“This shoot was all I needed to see and I’m not surprised to see where he is now. That’s what I’ve told people who doubted him over the past 12 months. “