Watch Germany: Michael Ballack calls out Timo Werner of Chelsea

Germany international and current – but not for long? Chelsea striker Timo Werner cuts a mysterious figure. Once in the elite of Bundesliga football under Julian Nagelsmann at RB Leipzig, Werner endured a perilous few years in England. Michael Ballack, former Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Germany player, gives some advice, as well as choice words, to the successful Germany captain.

“He lacks the necessary ‘elbow mentality’,” Ballack said plainly in the comments captured by Sport 1: “Making the move for Chelsea…was brave. [But] Timo was already further away than he is at the moment. This is where we talk about character and personality.”

For Ballack, it is as true for the club as it is for the country, and Werner must – Cue Drake memes – “Flip the switch.”

Ballack noted Werner was close to cementing his role as Germany’s No. 9, but while still wearing the jersey and enjoying a great deal of confidence from current coach Hansi Flick, he had a few years to forget in the national setup. Flick Joachim Loew lent his faith in Werner last year and made little use of him at Euro 2021, despite overseeing Werner’s rise during the 2017 Confederations Cup and some forgotten tournaments that occurred the following year.

Well, OK – the 2018 World Cup that happened.

Perhaps this was the beginning of the end. Werner was not centrally convinced that the championship and it seemed that Germany needed to turn him to the left to gain any initiative to score. Transfer rumors abounded, including Bayern Munich. By 2020, Werner was at Chelsea, devising new ways to miss regular sitters. The boo birds were piling up. They ventured that he needed to play nine real players. Or he can only score in the Bundesliga.

Werner never stopped working hard, or making dangerous rides, especially down the left channel. He won the Champions League with the Blues in his first season. But he never got things back on track again. And now he likely finds himself on his way out at his club, after watching Romelu Lukaku come and go.

‘Good behavior’ is Ballack’s description of Werner’s behavior – that he is someone who is used to ‘giving in'[ing] to his fate.”

These are bugs that may require more than just a change of scenery to address them. As rumors spread of a return to RB Leipzig and the Bundesliga, Ballack – a fierce mentality warrior throughout his time with the German men’s national team – urged Werner to undergo a reassessment and restart.

Otherwise, Palak warned, “he’ll still be going through hard times.”

Despite the harsh words, Ballack seems a steady man in Werner’s corner. And if Timo manages to rebound, it will be a lift for Germany as well. Once again, the men’s World Cup is approaching. Let’s hope it’s #TimoTime this time around.

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