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Former Liverpool star Jamie Redknapp believes Timo Werner’s poor form has “not been helpful” for Chelsea or Thomas Tuchel.
The German was ruled out of the Blues’ 3-1 away victory against Aston Villa after testing positive for Coronavirus, but has only contributed one goal and one assist in nine Premier League matches.
Chelsea’s clinical edge has been absent in recent weeks, having been forced to deploy the likes of Christian Pulisic, Mason Mount, and Kai Havertz as false nines in recent weeks.
£98m summer signing Romelu Lukaku has also been absent through injury and a Covid-19 transmission of his own, but returned to great effect against Villa.
And Redknapp believes they will likely need Lukaku’s goals to compensate for Werner’s lack of composure and finishing this season.
"They’ve lost that cutting edge. Too many draws, not been able to put teams away,” Redknapp said after the game.
"Lukaku and Werner, Werner hasn’t really found any form since he’s been at the club which has not been helpful.
“That’s when you rely on players playing a false nine, today like they are with Pulisic, and you just lose that out and striker, that focal point.
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“For some teams it works but the edge has gone."
The Blues fell behind to an unusual own goal from Reece James who accidentally diverted a headed clearance over Edouard Mendy and into the back of the net.
Jorginho levelled from the penalty spot on the stroke of half-time, but the game changed completely when Tuchel introduced Lukaku from the bench.
The Belgian headed the Blues ahead after only eleven minutes of action, and won the penalty for Chelsea’s vital third goal in the dying minutes.
His interventions were a clear blessing for Chelsea whose frequent dropping of points has seen them lose ground in the title race this season.
And Redknapp believes Chelsea will need to maintain their clinical edge and turn those draws into wins, if they are to stay in the title race.
"Normally, you wouldn’t be worried about a lot of draws but because of Man City’s form you cannot afford to make mistakes right now.
“That’s what Liverpool and Chelsea have to do right now, make sure they get a winning run again because Man City are drifting away from everyone."
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