Thomas Tuchel insisted it is his job to turn Timo Werner’s form around this season, believing his fellow German is carrying “weight on his shoulders”.
Werner joined from RB Leipzig for an initial £45m in the summer, and enjoyed a purple patch in front of goal in October as he appeared to have adjusted to life in the Premier League.
However, the 24-year-old is without a league goal since early November, with his form taking a severe downturn. Nonetheless, Tuchel spoke in depth about his plans for his fellow countryman during his unveiling press conference, highlighting the need for Werner to rediscover his smile.
“Timo prefers to have space,” Tuchel said. “He is super fast, likes to play very high up on the last line. A little bit more to the left, to receive the ball in the open space. Can we develop movements and patterns of behaviour to use his quality in narrow spaces? I am absolutely convinced, and that is my job [to do that].
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“The guy is young, the guy is open, the guy is friendly and the guy is eager to learn. At the moment I can see that his face is a bit closed, I can see that the weight is on his shoulders. He cares a lot, and it shows that he has fantastic character.
“Sometimes as a striker it does not help if you care a lot, it is better as a striker to not care at all, but he is not that guy. He is not happy with…