Timo Werner is one of the last blockbusters of Roman Abramovich to bring to Chelsea. After the Russian billionaire leaves, this star may be the first to follow.
During the tense match against Luton Town in the FA Cup on Tuesday, Timo Werner and his teammates were stunned by the news that Roman Abramovich would sell the club.
The announcement came just an hour before the match started at Luton Town’s Kenilworth Road. Perhaps that shock distracted the Chelsea players from playing, goals from Reece Burke and Harry Cornick gave the hosts a 2-1 lead.
Luton dominated against the reigning European and World Champions.
However, Werner turned the tide in the second half. Receiving a long ball from Ruben Loftus-Cheek, he immediately scored his first goal in eight games before passing Romelu Lukaku to make it 3-2.
Luton’s fans even shouted to the Chelsea players “You will be sold tomorrow morning”.
“Timo played very well,” Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel told reporters after the game.
“I’m happy about that and the fact that Romelu got his goal. That’s why I let them play.”
Werner just shined in the win against Luton Town
“These games are, at the moment, the most important ones for them, even if they think they should have played more games,” Tuchel added.
It was definitely an important game for Werner. The 25-year-old has played fewer minutes than any other Chelsea attackers this season, so it was a rare opportunity to shine.
For most of the game, he was really trying to make an impact. And his goal changed everything.
“I’m happy to have scored a goal and given an assist,” Werner told BBC Sport.
“I tried to help the team as much as possible to win the game and this is what we did today.”
Is the future with Chelsea over?
Could a second-half performance be the turning point in Werner’s career in Chelsea?
The £ 47.5 million contract from RB Leipzig (Germany) is increasingly disappointing from the last season. The Chelsea leadership has an intention to transfer him.
Werner’s representatives will meet with Chelsea executives in the coming weeks to discuss Tuchel’s plans for Werner.
If those talks don’t end well, the star could seriously consider a move to Borussia Dortmund, the club is looking Werner back to Germany.
However, Werner’s £250,000 weekly salary could be an issue. It is very unlikely that Dortmund will meet this salary.
Werner’s future remains uncertain
The deal with Werner depends on whether Dortmund can buy Karim Adeyemi or not. If talks with RB Salzburg fall, Dortmund will focus on Werner. But Dortmund can ask Chelsea to pay part of wages if Werner refuses to deduct his wages.
Despite Werner’s impressive game against Luton, there is still a big question mark about his future at Stamford Bridge.
After all, in 76 appearances for Chelsea, the German striker only scored 19 goals and 18 assists. The low numbers are the reason for Tuchel not letting him play regularly.
Werner was one of Abramovich’s last blockbuster deals, along with Kai Havertz. It is likely that he will soon follow the Russian billionaire leaving the UK.