Chelsea forward striker Timo Werner was given a vote of confidence by manager Thomas Tuchel this week as his struggles in front of goal continue.
The German missed a sitter against Macedonia during the international break and with the footage going viral almost instantly, critics have taken aim at the out-of-sorts striker.
Tuchel backed Werner this week ahead of the early kick-off with West Brom this weekend.
“He misses the chance and everybody is passionate to talk about it, which is a bit annoying,” the Chelsea boss said.
“It’s easy to point the finger to Timo, which I will not accept. I am happy he is back here because here he is protected.
“This guy scores since he’s five years old. It’s not the moment to even train extra. Yesterday I sent him in from training because he wanted to do some finishing with us. I said: ‘You don’t need that, your body and your brain knows how to score.’"
But with talk of Romelu Lukaku or Erling Haaland being brought to Stamford Bridge, Werner knows he has to start finding the net.
And previous comments and actions from Tuchel potentially point to the fact he could eventually stop backing the striker.
Speaking last month after Werner had a goal disallowed against Liverpool, the Blues boss appeared to take aim at his fellow countryman, hinting about his attitude.
"I demand 100% in every training, I don’t allow self-pity," Tuchel said.
"Timo is full of talent and plays for one of the best clubs in the world, in one of the best leagues in the world. So there is no need for him to worry too much. So if he puts in the effort, puts himself in a state of mind to play on the highest level."
And last month during a 2-0 win over Everton, Tuchel was overheard berating Werner over his positioning.
“Timo, how long are you staying on the left? You’re playing on the right!" he shouted from the touchline.
“The last 15 mins you’ve only been on the left! Don’t you understand?”
Werner again starts for Chelsea this afternoon – but the former Bundesliga hitman may be on borrowed time in west London.
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