‘Not a great finisher’ – Michael Owen gives his assessment of Timo Werner

Former England striker Michael Owen is confident Timo Werner will score plenty of goals for Chelsea but says the German striker is “not a great finisher”.

The 25 year old opened the scoring for the Blues in the 2-0 Champions League victory over Real Madrid, a result that completed a 3-1 aggregate semi-final success and secured Chelsea’s place in the final against Manchester City on 29 May.


Werner has scored 16 goals in 56 appearances for club and country this season, 12 of which have come for Chelsea.

But after a great start to his career in England he has been guilty of missing numerous opportunities.

BT Sport pundit Owen said: “He is a prolific getter of chances but not a great finisher.

“But because he gets so many chances he will end up scoring a lot of goals.”

Rio Ferdinand said the striker’s attitude continues to impress him.

“It was a huge goal,” Ferdinand added. “He has been under pressure, under scrutiny and under the spotlight but he doesn’t seem fazed.

“Yes he has been missing chances but he is in the positions to score the goals and he has already shown he knows where the back of he net is.

“The manager has given him confidence and the confidence comes from being picked every week.

“When Chelsea’s front players win it, with the possible exception of Olivier Giroud, their intent is to really hurt the opposition immediately. They go direct. It’s a trigger. From there on it’s blue bullets going forward.”




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