Frank Lampard critical of Chelsea forward Timo Werner after Arsenal defeat
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has given an open criticism of attacker Timo Werner after Saturday’s defeat to Arsenal.
The Blues were beaten 3-1 away to London rivals Arsenal at the weekend, which saw them miss out on the opportunity to move second in the Premier League table.
Alexandre Lacazette, Granit Xhaka and Bukayo Saka were all on the scoresheet for Arsenal, while Tammy Abraham netted an 85th minute consolation at the Emirates Stadium
Lampard has in his post-match press conference made some intriguing comments about Werner, who he decided to substitute off at half-time with the team trailing 2-0.
“Timo today wasn’t giving us enough with or without the ball and some of it we have to give him time because it is a different league but also we have to get there quickly, so we’ll see about his tiredness,” Lampard said, as quoted by the club’s official website.
“I will have a conversation with him but it was a decision I just felt I had to make. I had to make changes to try to change the cause of the match.”
Werner and Mateo Kovacic were both replaced at half-time against Arsenal, but they certainly weren’t the only pair to really disappoint in the opening 45 minutes.
The 24-year-old continued in the left-winger position and failed to provide a goal threat, which is maybe why the manager has been so open with his criticism.
But it most be noted that the German forward has not been given a lot of time lately in a central striker role and the speed machine does look far more suited in that position than out wide.
He’s started every single league game so far this season, but perhaps that is now under threat going into Monday’s home fixture against Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea have now lost three of their last four matches in the league to put a real dent in any momentum and it’s clear that Lampard is now growing extremely frustrated with the way he’s called out Werner so publicly.