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Gullit: Emotional seeing Werner struggling at Chelsea

Dutch greats Ruud Gullit and Marco van Basten do not believe Chelsea striker Timo Werner is capable of performing at the top level.

Werner has had a sluggish start to the season, as he's been upstaged by Chelsea's £98m summer signing Romelu Lukaku.

And Gullit believes Werner is suffering a confidence crisis.

Quoted by Foot Mercato, the former Chelsea manager said on Ziggo Sport: "I can confirm it. It's almost emotional to see.

"You see he doesn't trust himself. But as a coach you see he's always in the right place.

"If he puts the ball in the net only once… "

But Van Basten insists: “He's just not good enough for the top level."

Despite criticism in some quarters, Werner's season stats last term remain competitive, with manager Thomas Tuchel insisting the striker is a key part of his system. In 52 games, Werner scored 12 goals and produced 15 assists. He has a deal to 2025.

And on the road to Porto and European glory, the 25 year-old Werner enjoyed a major influence on Chelsea's run, scoring four goals in 12 appearances and also producing two assists.

- updated September 15

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