Timo Werner should not be judged as a striker.
A big-money signing from Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig last summer, Werner has weighed in with 12 goals in 49 appearances across all competitions for the Blues thus far.
However, he has come in for some stinging criticism from fans and media alike for the number of big chances he has missed which would have increased his goal tally.
But Wright believes the 25-year-old should not be solely judged on his goalscoring record.
In fact, the former Gunners striker believes the 2019/20 season, in which Werner netted 28 times in the top-flight of German football – 34 overall – has created ‘confusion’.
I think it’s quite unfair on him when people judge him just for the goals,” Wright told BBC Sport. “I don’t think he’s a striker.
His last season for Leipzig with the 28 goals is what confuses people, but what he does coming off the left, what he’s done for Chelsea this season, without that negativity around him, he’s actually having a really good season.
“Yes some of the chances he’s missed he should score, but what he does in the way he stretches teams and gets into positions and assists is brilliant.
“He should not be judged as a striker.”
To Wright’s point, Werner has shown this season that he is a provider of goals as well as a scorer with 14 assists to his name across all competitions.
As a result, he could still have a place in the Chelsea side if the club takes advice from Jamie Redknapp and signs Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland this summer.
“Werner has done okay, he’s had assists and a few goals. But you think, with this team, if they were to get Haaland or a striker that could guarantee goals, and what they could become,” Redknapp told Sky Sports following Chelsea’s 1-0 loss against Arsenal.
“This has probably been their problem at times, scoring enough goals, they’ve got so much threat going forward but they just need that striker at times to make that difference.”