Tuchel’s comments offer clue towards plans for Werner’s Chelsea position

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has offered some insight over how he views Timo Werner and his position in the team.

It follows a man-of-the-match performance from the German against Newcastle, where he broke his barren run in front of goal.

He scraped one in after a corner fell for him and he was also heavily involved in Olivier Giroud's opener, putting the ball into the box and causing mayhem.

For the £50m summer signing, it was a huge sigh of relief to finally get on the scoresheet in the Premier League.

Werner's last league goal came against Sheffield United back in November but fans have been happy with his sheer levels of determination.

And after scoring, he was surrounded by his team-mates who were over the moon for him, though there was a momentary pang of concern following a VAR check.

The former RB Leipzig has featured heavily under Tuchel since his arrival as manager last month.

Against Newcastle, he operated predominantly on the left-hand side, allowing Marcos Alonso to underlap and get into the box.

And Tuchel believes the Germany international works best when he is coming off the left flank.

He said: "He did very good in the first half, second half was too many decisions backwards.

"I'm convinced Timo was very decisive for us today with an assist and a goal.

"I'm very happy for that he really deserved it he's been working hard and we could feel this would come.

"I think he can also play as a double striker, sometimes as a No.9 if he's clever enough to use his speed and runs.

"His favourite position and his biggest strengths is if he can drift out to the left side."

Tuchel has largely favoured a three-at-the-back system, using Alonso and Callum Hudson-Odoi as very offensive wing-backs.

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