Chelsea News

Timo Werner Reveals Struggles During First Season at Chelsea

Timo Werner struggled to live up to expectations following his £53m move
Timo Werner struggled to live up to expectations following his £53m move / Visionhaus/Getty Images

Timo Werner has revealed he struggled with criticism during his first season at Chelsea and allowed himself to be affected by comments made by pundits.

The forward failed to live up to expectations following his £53million arrival from RB Leipzig last summer, and was often criticised for his lack of composure in front of goal, and the 25-year-old has opened up on the mental battle he faced.

"I think the most important thing in football is to keep your mentality up, keep your head clean from outside," he told Chelsea's official website. "The media is getting bigger and bigger nowadays. Of course, when you play good you are the hero everywhere, but when you play badly it is a totally different story.

"You have to step away from that and concentrate on your football. It's not always easy because you have media on your phone, media always around you which can bring something up you can see, but you have to be straight, in your own bubble, to think only about the football.

"It's also important to always have people around you who help you, and give you strength to go on. Also, in the good moments they can bring you down a little bit, so you don't think you are the hero. So they stop you in the good moments, and lift you up during the bad ones."

Werner has been linked with an exit from Chelsea as the Blues ponder a bid for Inter star Romelu Lukaku. The Serie A champions rejected a huge offer of £85m plus Marcos Alonso but Thomas Tuchel's side are expected to return with a second bid.