Timo Werner has endured a torrid first season in England, regularly the subject of intense criticism as he struggles to adjust to life in West London.
The striker has just six Premier League goals in 32 appearances, while ranking third in the table of big chances missed.
However, former Chelsea defender Frank Leboeuf has claimed the German international should start in the Blues’ biggest game of the season thus far on Wednesday night at home to Real Madrid.
When asked who he thinks should start in the number nine role against the Spanish giants, Leboeuf explained to ESPN FC: “A tough question, but I’d still go with Werner.”
He went on to reveal that his reasoning was based on Werner’s mental state, “I’m afraid you [might] lose him for the rest of the season. He looked so done in Madrid, not scoring goals,” he explained.
“He keeps doing very interesting things; the assist that he gave, keeping the ball and winning a free-kick at the edge of the box [in the Fulham win].
“He lacks confidence but he keeps on trying. He doesn’t give up, and I like the fact that he still tries everything.
“I think, against players like Varane, for example, you need somebody smaller who can disturb him and be fast.
“And it will be the case with Werner instead of Kai Havertz.”
The aggregate score going into the tie sits at 1-1, though Tuchel’s men have the upper-hand courtesy of Christian Pulisic’s expertly taken opener in Spain last week.
Real Madrid are hoping Sergio Ramos is fit enough to make the trip to West London, after the Los Blancos skipper was forced to watch from the stands in the first leg.