Former Chelsea star Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink ravaged the performance of Blues forward Timo Werner who failed to make an impact in a 1-1 draw with Manchester United.
Werner had a rare chance to fill Thomas Tuchel’s center-forward spot against United after abandoning the pecking order at Stamford Bridge.
It was hoped the signing of £ 47.5million would partner up with summer buyout Romelu Lukaku this season, but the Germany international has instead become a supporting option.
With Lukaku just returning from injury, Werner had the opportunity to lead Chelsea’s attack, but he left it blunt.
The 25-year-old made six shots in 82 minutes from the field, four of them blocked while the other two were on target.
One of the blocks seemed like a certain goal, while Werner’s corner misfire will keep him awake at night, with the ball falling perfectly into the box, but then he dragged it well into the distance.
Hasselbaink knows exactly what it takes to score goals for Chelsea having found the net 87 times in 177 games for the Blues, and was far from impressed with Werner’s efforts.
“Poor. Poor with the ball, poor without the ball,” Hasselbaink said of Werner. “With his runs, normally he is very precise with his runs.
“At the end of the day you’re number nine, you’re going to be judged on what opportunities you get and what you do with them.
“It wasn’t good enough, he has to score at least one of the two chances, especially the other one he takes with his right, he should take with his left and he should score, then he starts to feel better .
“He continues to miss out on great opportunities, great opportunities, when it’s 0-0, or 1-0 or 1-1, he has to put them away.”
Instead, Chelsea had to rely on midfielder Jorginho to score goals on the night, with the Italian scoring a penalty mark-style to redeem an earlier mistake that led to Jadon’s opener Sancho.
Werner eventually gave way to Lukaku with eight minutes left, but center-back Antonio Rudiger was instead offered the chance to win the game as his guilty shot in the box ended far from the target.
His fellow expert Roy Keane agreed with Hasselbaink’s assessment of Werner, with his six shots that failed to trouble David de Gea, deemed unacceptable.
“He doesn’t even hit the mark with some of those chances,” Keane said. “At least get the keeper to make a save.
“Obviously we saw the big luck at the end, but for an attacker, hitting the target, making the goalie work. “
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