Chelsea can use Timo Werner as a makeweight in a bid to land Erling Haaland in this summer's transfer window.
That's the verdict of Arsenal legend Paul Merson, who says Thomas Tuchel will ship out Werner after just one season and sign "a proper striker".
Werner has scored just once in his last 20 Premier League games, despite being one of the headline signings of last summer when he joined for £47million.
And Merson reckons Chelsea should offer the 25-year-old to Borussia Dortmund as part of a player-plus-cash bid for top target Haaland, who has netted 31 times already this term.
"Timo Werner could be on borrowed time for Chelsea because it’s not working out for him at all," said Merson in his Daily Star column.
"I think he makes too many bad decisions when he gets into good positions.
"For the money they paid for him, he’s a rough diamond who needs to work on his game.
"I don’t know if he got by on pace alone in Germany but he hasn’t scored enough goals for Chelsea and he’s missed loads of chances."
Merson believes Dortmund will be tempted by the prospect of signing Werner thanks to the striker's proven pedigree in the Bundesliga.
He scored 46 goals in all competitions for RB Leipzig last season, having fired 30 goals or more in seven successive Bundesliga campaigns.
"I think Chelsea will sign a proper striker this summer and I think they will use him as a makeweight," said the two-time title-winner.
"It makes sense to offer him to Borussia Dortmund as part of a deal for for Erling Haaland.
"Dortmund will need a replacement if they sell Haaland and Werner is ready-made and proven in the Bundesliga.
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"He would probably appeal to them."
Werner played a crucial role in Chelsea's Champions League win over Atletico Madrid, setting up Hakim Ziyech's opener following a rapid counter-attack.
The striker had won the ball in his own half before charging up the pitch to receive a pass from Kai Havertz before squaring for Ziyech to fire home.
But Merson says his end product is still not good enough.
"Now he’s playing on the wing and I know he helped make a goal against Atletico Madrid with a good cross," said the former England midfielder.
"But there are times you watch him and he goes on a run and tries to cross it when there’s no-one in the box and the defender blocks it anyway."
Werner will hope to get the nod to face Sheffield United in Sunday's FA Cup quarter-final.
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