Three Chelsea players called out for letting Thomas Tuchel down

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Former Chelsea defender Frank LeBoeuf has torn into Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech, and Kai Havertz; claiming they are not offering Blues’ boss Thomas Tuchel enough. All three players were signed by Frank Lampard in Chelsea’s lavish £222million spend last year.

While Thiago Silva, Edouard Mendy, and Ben Chilwell have proven to be quality signings, the latter despite a brief hiatus at the start of this season, Werner, Havertz, and Ziyech have often frustrated.

Consistency has been difficult to come by for the attacking tripartite, who have been hampered by poor form, Coronavirus, and injuries respectively.

The trio cost the Blues a combined £149m, and while all three have shown flashes of their brilliance since arriving at Stamford Bridge, Leboeuf feels they all need to offer more.

“Timo Werner started well when he first signed for Chelsea and he was scoring goals but suddenly he lost his confidence,” LeBoeuf said to Ladbrokes as per Metro.

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“Maybe there’s some room for him on the left side or the right side but it’s tough competition. and you have a front line filled up with talented players like Havertz, Ziyech and Hudson-Odoi so it’s going to be complicated for him.

“He signed for a large amount of money, and he has to prove that he’s worth it. I expect more from him, but I also expect more from Ziyech and Havertz.

“Everybody is happy with Havertz because he scored the goal in the Champions League so he’s a legend forever now.

“But if we check what he did last season and what he’s doing now, and of course he’s young so we need to calm down and be nice to him. 

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“I want to see more from him because I know he can be much better than what he is showing right now.”

Havertz capped off a strong end to his debut season with the winning goal against Manchester City in the Champions League final.

His impressive header against Liverpool at Anfield remains his only goal of this season, despite starting six of his nine matches in all competitions.

While LeBoeuf has been critical of all three, the Frenchman did admit he feels sympathy for Werner.

“I feel pretty sad for him, he’s coming back a little bit and scoring a couple of goals but it’s going to be hard for him to fight Lukaku,” he continued.

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“Werner showed his talent when he was in Germany and you cannot lose it, but he needs to find it again – it’s like riding a bicycle as you never forget.

“I want to give him more time as we’ve seen so many players struggling for two years and then suddenly flying, so I hope he’s going to do that otherwise he’s going to be a failure.”

Werner’s finishing has continued to elude him at times, however, his predatory brace in Germany’s 4-0 away victory to North Macedonia highlighted he still knows where the net is.

His beautifully timed run and finish in Chelsea’s 3-1 victory against Southampton in the international break would have also been a huge boost of confidence.

Now he has to bottle that confidence inside himself, and take it onto the field for every game for the Blues.

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