Thierry Henry believes Timo Werner struggled at Chelsea because he didn’t ‘feel the love’ at Stamford Bridge.
The Germany international ended his ill-fated stint in west London this summer and returned to RB Leipzig for £25million.
After signing for Chelsea in 2020, Werner netted just 23 times in 89 games and was widely criticized for his lack of a final product.
But since returning to the Bundesliga, the 26-year-old has rediscovered his goalscoring abilities, scoring seven goals in 13 games so far this season, including the opener in Leipzig’s Champions League win over Celtic on Tuesday.
Henry believes Werner’s lack of confidence at Stamford Bridge hampered the striker in front of goal.
“I call it trust. There are players who don’t care if you hug them. They will come, execute and go,” the Arsenal legend told CBS Sports.
“Then there are some players who need to feel the love. They may have to feel like they’re going to play 90 minutes. The best example is the second goal.
“First and foremost, on the first check, Timo Werner would never have put that ball down at Chelsea and then he would never have seen it [Emil] forsberg
“He would have rushed it and tried to do something, overthink it and overdo it. I’ve seen it before, he was calm before and he’s calm again.
‘Maybe he would have shot [when he brought the ball down] because people said he couldn’t score at Chelsea – that gives you confidence when you score again. Then I see him pass with his left foot at the right moment.
“Sometimes you go to some places, they don’t show you that love, I’m not saying he didn’t have it, but if he didn’t feel it like he did in Leipzig, then you’re not going to be at your best, and you won’t.” to make the right decision.’
After beating Celtic 2-0, Leipzig sit second in Group F, six points adrift of leaders Real Madrid.