Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has positively claimed that struggling forward Timo Werner has the “natural attributes” that will help him to end his goalscoring drought.
The German attacker hasn’t scored a goal since 7 November and the pressure has been building on his shoulders, as so much has been expected of him since he joined in the summer from Bundesliga side RB Leipzig.
He’s got eight goals in 23 games to his name so far this season, but there are so many gears he still needs to go through.
Blues manager Lampard publicly criticised Werner’s display in the recent Premier League defeat to Arsenal, claiming that he didn’t give the team enough both in and out of possession.
But he’s made some positive comments about the 24-year-old ahead of Sunday’s important league fixture at home to Manchester City and it’ll be interesting to see if he’s recalled to the starting XI.
“Every player goes through tough times in front of goal. The beauty is that Timo’s been getting chances and that’s definitely a positive,” Lampard said, as quoted by Sky Sports.
“I found work on the training ground was the only way to turn it around – that repetition of finishing, which Timo is doing now. When you work like that it’s a matter of time because his natural attributes will get him in front of goal and away from defenders.”
“If his confidence goes down after missing a couple, that’s only natural. It’s my job to help him with his confidence and push him in a positive direction. Then the goals will come. He’s sharp, he can finish. And sometimes the onus is on us to get him the ball in the right areas.”
Werner was dropped for the first time this season in the previous league match, coming off the bench late on in the draw with Aston Villa.
There is so much debate within the club’s fanbase about his best position, as he’s largely been used as a left-winger during the past couple of months but he can also play as a centre-forward.
With most of the Chelsea squad now returning from various injuries, it’ll be interesting to see how the attack takes shape.
Werner was given a reality check recently with some public criticism from the manager and being axed from the XI, but he needs to show big character now to bounce back and it sounds like Lampard still has faith.