Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has used a baffling comparison regarding Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in a bid to temper expectations surrounding Chelsea forward Timo Werner.
Werner arrives in English football regarded as one of the most exciting young forwards in Europe, the Germany international having enjoyed a prolific spell with RB Leipzig, including scoring 34 goals in all competitions for the Bundesliga side last season.
The 24-year-old moves to Chelsea as part of a hugely impressive summer of recruitment at Stamford Bridge, the star set to be tasked with spearheading a new-look and expensively assembled side under Frank Lampard during the current campaign.
Former Chelsea favourite Hasselbaink has – somewhat lazily – attempted to temper expectations surrounding Werner’s arrival, using Arsenal‘s Aubameyang as an example of a player who needed time to settle when arriving from Germany.
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“German football is totally different to the English game so it will be difficult for Werner to settle straight in,” Hasselbaink told Gentingbet.
“We know he’s a talented player. We know what he can do. And Chelsea need a player that can score goals.
“But, we also need to give him the time. If you look at [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang when he came, he needed six months. So, give him those six months as well.”
Hasselbaink’s assessment seems reasonable when looking at a number of foreign stars adapting to the Premier League, though his use of Aubameyang as an example fails to quite stack up.
The Gabon international signed from Borussia Dortmund and enjoyed a blistering start to his Premier League career, scoring 10 goals and providing four assists in just 13 appearances for Arsenal.
Not a bad six months of adaptation, in our ever-humble opinion.