Thomas Tuchel’s major Chelsea selection headache and how Romelu Lukaku transfer can solve it

The Blues possessed a wealth of options in attack including the likes of Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech and Mason Mount, to name but a few, but Werner was the player who had speed in abundance.

Thomas Tuchel referenced the importance of the German forward on several occasions last season, stating: “It’s one of Werner’s strengths to play on the edge, to give our opponent defenders always something to think about: how high the line is, how deep you have to drop because of his speed.”

Aside from Christian Pulisic, who also benefits from speed, Werner was a unique danger attached to Chelsea’s attack.

In fact, he remained on the bench for the full 90 minutes in just four of his team’s Premier League and Champions League matches last year, with Chelsea losing two and drawing one of those, failing to score in all three.

However, the £98million summer signing of Romelu Lukaku has impacted the dynamics of the squad since his high-profile arrival from Inter Milan.