Timo Werner scored his first goal of the season for Chelsea in their Carabao Cup third round victory over Aston Villa on Wednesday night.
The 25-year-old found the back of the net with a precise header from close-range to put the Blues ahead in the tie.
Werner‘s future at Chelsea has been somewhat put into doubt following Romelu Lukaku‘s £97.5million move last month, with the Germany international being linked with a transfer away from Stamford Bridge.
The former RB Leipzig forward has only spent one full season at Chelsea, where he scored 12 goals in all competitions, but is already rumoured to be considering his future with the west London club.
Some Chelsea supporters are desperate to see Werner start once again under Thomas Tuchel in Saturday afternoon’s huge Premier League clash with title rivals Manchester City.
There could be an issue, though, with the German forward admitting he had a slight tightness in his calf that prevented him from taking a penalty in the shootout.
“I had some pain in my calf but with only three substitutes, I couldn’t go off,” Werner, who was victim of a heavy challenge late in the second half, told Chelsea’s post-match broadcast. “But when you have fit players on the pitch, it’s better they shoot than me today.”
It is yet to be seen whether Werner will be fit enough for Saturday’s match, but if he is in contention, then Tuchel has a very dangerous weapon up his sleeve.
The Germany striker has started all four of Chelsea’s most recent matches with Man City, perhaps something to do with the extremely high-line Pep Guardiola likes to operate with.
Werner’s speed against a high-pressing back-line can be deadly, as we saw last season in Chelsea’s 1-0 win against Liverpool at Anfield.
Jurgen Klopp and Guardiola share similar philosophies when it comes to their defence stepping high up the pitch and looking for an offside, something Werner could thrive against.
Guardiola, as well, loves his City side to hog possession throughout the game, meaning the Blues’ best chance of scoring could be on the counter-attack.
However, if Werner does play, if he is indeed fit enough, then it would most likely be on the wing rather than in the centre as Lukaku is simply undroppable.
Tuchel faces a huge decision should Werner be available for Saturday’s clash, but do not be surprised if he opts with the German forward for the huge encounter with one of their biggest title rivals.