Chelsea striker Timo Werner needs to “slow his game down a bit” to improve his decision making in the final third, according to former England and Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand.
Werner gave a lively and threatening performance as Thomas Tuchel’s side beat Atletico Madrid 1-0 in Bucharest, Romania, courtesy of Olivier Giroud’s stunning overhead kick.
The 24-year-old German, a £45m close-season signing from RB Leipzig, had decent two near-post efforts at goal saved when he had little else on.
But his final ball too often let him down and, although he scored in the 2-0 win over Newcastle two games ago, Werner has only managed two goals in his past 22 club appearances.
Ferdinand, working as a pundit for BT Sport, said: “It’s frustrating watching him because we have seen the clips of him and can see what he can do.
“He just frustrates you. He gets into areas but there are far too many times where he is far too loose in the build up or with his decision making.
“Sometimes a fast player needs to slow the game down a bit. Sometimes they are running so fast everything is a blur and that is how it seems at the moment.”