The allegedly soon-to-be Chelsea player Timo Werner decided against joining Liverpool because he would not be guaranteed game time at Anfield, according to Tony Cascarino.
Speaking on talkSPORT’s Weekend Sports Breakfast, ex-Chelsea striker Casc gave his opinion on Werner after reports suggested his former club are on the brink of signing him.
A £58million transfer to Stamford Bridge appears nearly done, despite consistent reports over the past year saying Liverpool would sign Werner, with Jurgen Klopp wanting him and the player wanting to join the Reds.
But he looks certain to end up at Chelsea rather than Liverpool, and Casc believes he knows why.
“Most players want to be guaranteed a starting place,” began Casc, “and Timo Werner probably got that guarantee from Frank Lampard where he is going to play, and he’s going to play a lot of games.
“I think that’s very important for Werner because I’m not sure he’d get in front of [Sadio] Mane, [Mohamed] Salah or [Roberto] Firmino [at Liverpool].
“We don’t know if one of those will be sold, but obviously Klopp wouldn’t want that to happen; he’d want to keep all three.
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“And I think it’s a case he’d have to fight for a place just to get in that team.”
Various reports have suggested Liverpool cooled their interest in Werner when it became clear he would not want to play second fiddle to their first-choice attacking players, especially on the back of a remarkable season which has seen the Germany international score 31 goals and create a further 12 in only 40 appearances.
Werner has more than enough quality to start for nearly every Premier League club – aside from perhaps Liverpool and Man City – but what will he bring to the Blues should the transfer be formally completed over the coming weeks.
“He predominantly likes to play on the left, but he’s quite versatile,” added Cascarino. “His outstanding feature is his pace; his pace over ten yards is extraordinary, lighting quick… Michael Owen-like.
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“He tries to get on the back of defenders all the time and comes in off the left to try and get the goals in.
“He gets a lot of one-on-ones and he’s a real handful.
“But there is a lot of improvement to be made; I don’t think he’s the most technically gifted. When I’ve watched him I’ve always thought his touch is a bit off for someone who has so many goals.
“But there is a real danger player in there, and I think Lampard wants goals from more areas in his team.”
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