THOMAS TUCHEL has backed Romelu Lukaku to fire Chelsea to glory… by also helping Timo Werner rediscover his goalscoring touch.
Lukaku, 28, completed a stunning £97.5million Stamford Bridge return this week.
Thomas Tuchel believes the signing of Romelu Lukaku is GOOD for flop striker Timo WernerCredit: EPA
Chelsea spent a club-record £97.5m to sign Lukaku for a second timeCredit: Instagram @romelulukaku
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One man whose place appears to be under threat by the Belgian’s arrival is fellow forward Werner.
The German, 25, joined Chelsea from RB Leipzig for £47.5m last year.
However, Werner scored just 12 goals in all competitions – with only six netted in the league.
He drew another blank in Saturday’s 3-0 opening day win over Crystal Palace.
And many feel the club-record capture of Lukaku will herald the end of Werner’s time leading the line.
But boss Tuchel insists the misfiring striker is still very much in his plans.
And contrary to popular belief, Lukaku’s signing will actually HELP Werner reach his full potential in the capital.
Speaking after Chelsea’s 3-0 opening day win over Crystal Palace, Tuchel explained: “I think it will help Timo a lot, with the arrival of Romelu.
“He takes responsibility, can take some pressure off Timo, Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic, so we have more variations.
“We can play with two strikers or go with a front three. The arrival of Romelu is good news for Timo.”
One man who came in for high praise after the Palace win was academy defender Trevor Chalobah.
The centre-back, 22, starred on his full debut in Wednesday’s European Super Cup win over Villarreal.
And after making his first-ever Premier League start against the Eagles, Chalobah crowned a dream week by scoring Chelsea’s third goal.
Tuchel beamed: “Two fantastic games now and he played almost every minute in pre-season.
“He is a humble guy from the academy and was so, so good. He plays with so much confidence, so many good behaviours on the pitch.
“It was a pretty perfect afternoon for him. You saw how they celebrated with him and these are the stories we love about football.
“In this game in an exciting league with players from abroad, there is still a place for home-grown talent at our club and other big clubs.”
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