Frank Lampard picked out the problem with having Timo Werner as a lone striker, but insisted they will be able to “maximise” the forward’s talent at Chelsea.
The 24-year-old ended his 12-match goal drought with his goal against Morecambe in the FA Cup last Sunday from the No.9 position.
It was a typical striker goal; a simple tap-in after good positioning inside the box.
But it was far from a convincing performance. The goal was his only shot on target in the 68 minutes he was on the pitch.
Some, including former Blues defender Frank Leboeuf, still thinks Werner’s recent performances justify his being the first-choice striker given Olivier Giroud and Tammy Abraham’s goal-scoring form.
Where Timo fits in at Chelsea is certainly a problem Lampard needs to solve.
“With Timo, through the middle is clearly an area of the pitch he likes to start from,” Lampard said in his press conference on Thursday (via Chelsea’s official YouTube channel).
“I think in Leipzig and for Germany he played centrally, on the left, as a lone striker, as one of two strikers.
“So I see there’s definitely a room for manoeuvre in terms of how you can use Timo.”
Werner needs time
Lampard said he sees one problem with Werner leading the attacking line, although he also implied it could be solved with time and more preparation.
“We do proud ourselves of being a good hard-working team off the ball which means sometimes a lot of high pressure,” he explained.
“[When he plays centrally], it’s normal for Timo and others who came in the forward areas for us to take some time to get used to what my idea is what their teammates’ idea is because we haven’t had working time on the pitch.”
Lampard also argued that Werner has not really had the opportunity to “feel how the team plays” unlike many signings in the previous seasons.
“Everybody has to be patient about the idea that we’ll maximise Timo’s talent in this team,” Lampard added.