Michael Ballack sends message to ‘nice guy’ Timo Werner who must ‘flip the switch’


Chelsea striker Timo Werner

Timo Werner has been linked with an exit from Stamford Bridge (Picture: Getty Images)

Michael Ballack has urged Chelsea forward Timo Werner to ‘flip the switch’ as he is a ‘nice guy’ and ‘too well-behaved’.

Werner arrived at Stamford Bridge from RB Leipzig in 2020 boasting a stellar goalscoring record in the Bundesliga,

But it has not worked out for the Germany international as expected, with the 26-year-old struggling to find form for the Blues.

Werner has scored 10 goals in 56 Premier League appearances and is seemingly open to the idea of leaving the club to secure more regular playing time.

‘I could be happy everywhere,’ Werner said earlier this month.

‘It is clear I want to play more and I should play more to first be in good shape for the World Cup and also to have a chance to play at the World Cup.

‘It doesn’t change anything whether it is a winter World Cup or in the summer. I think if I play half of the season or the whole season, I should play. It doesn’t change anything in my mind.’

Former Chelsea star Michael Ballack says Werner must believe in himself more (Picture: Getty Images)

Ex-Chelsea and Germany midfielder Ballack feels Werner needs to work on building his mental strength back up in order to improve his situation.

‘Timo has been a lot better than what he is at the moment in terms of personality and character,’ Ballack said at a media event in Munich.

‘It was a brave step on his part to go to Chelsea, knowing what their setting is like – but he hasn’t managed to establish himself.

‘It is important for him to take on board what is expected of him.

‘He was close to becoming their undisputed first-choice striker, and with the German national team as well.

‘But that is a position he has lost. He now needs to build up his mental strength once again.

‘He strikes me as a nice guy, but he has to try to flip the switch so he can believe in himself once more.

‘He has what it takes, but to my mind he lacks that ‘elbow mindset’.

‘To my mind he is too well-behaved, and he resigns himself to his fate.

‘If that does not change, he will continue to have a difficult time.’

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