Paul Merson has claimed that Chelsea forward Timo Werner sometimes leaves him shocked when watching him in games.

Werner, 25, was in the thick of the action during the weekend’s 3-1 win at home to Southampton in the Premier League. 

The German attacker had one goal ruled out by VAR for a foul in the build-up, but his persistence finally paid off late on when he scored the goal to put the Blues 2-1 ahead at Stamford Bridge.

He started just one of the opening five Premier League games this season, so must be relieved to start in back-to-back matches before the international break. A first league goal of the season in the Southampton victory should boost his confidence, too.

Merson, who was discussing Werner in his post-match analysis of Chelsea’s win, says Werner often leaves him mystified.

He’s guilty of some sloppy mistakes and a lack of ruthlessness in front of goal. However, you can’t fault his heart, energy and desire to keep getting in goalscoring positions. 

“He’s (Werner) a threat. He could have been up there for the golden boot today. He had good chances. He is lively. On his day, he does some ‘wow’ things in the game. He does some ‘wow’ I can’t believe you did that,” Merson told Sky Sports’ News channel (Saturday 2nd October, 2021).

Werner has remarkable disallowed goals stat at Chelsea

Chelsea v Southampton - Premier League
(Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Werner’s return of 14 goals in 60 appearances for the club is why he receives stick from some people. He gets into so many great positions with his pace and movement, but lacks a killer instinct. 

 

However, the attacker has remarkably had 16 goals chalked off since his transfer to Stamford Bridge in 2020. 

It looks like he can have great reward operating as an attacker off focal point Romelu Lukaku, so it’s going to be intriguing to see how much Tuchel uses him moving forward. 

Micah Richards said last month he still has faith Werner can make it as a player at the Bridge. 

Werner will hope to continue momentum with Germany

Iceland v Germany - 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier
(Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)

Werner scored in each of Germany’s three fixtures during the September international break. He found the back of the net against Liechtenstein, Armenia and Iceland. 

His country play twice in the next fortnight against Romania and North Macedonia.

This looks like the perfect opportunity for him to continue his good run.

Keep up to date with all the latest Chelsea news and opinion by following The Chelsea Chronicle’s Twitter account here

Have something to tell us about this article?