'Impossible': Daniel Sturridge can't see Chelsea star repeating the season he's just had

Daniel Sturridge predicted that Timo Werner will come good at Chelsea following his indifferent maiden campaign for the club.

Speaking to the Times, Sturridge shared some sympathy towards the German’s attackers first season in English football.

Werner has never been far from the limelight after he arrived from RB Leipzig last summer.

Whether that be because of a glaring miss, repeatedly being foiled by VAR or a moment of excellence, the 25-year-old hasn’t kept his head down at Chelsea.

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Sturridge sees the light for Werner

Moving to a new country and acclimatising to a different league is never easy, especially during a pandemic.

Some equate that to Werner’s misfortunes, which in turn has led to a decrease in confidence.

However, Sturridge was certain that the speedy centre-forward would be a different player in 2021/22.

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“Werner has been very unlucky with the number of offside goals he’s had,” said the former Chelsea striker.

“He’s been making good runs and is the one player who next season will perform better in terms of goal return.

“It’s almost impossible for him to be caught offside so many times again.”

To be onside or not to be onside

One of Werner’s main issues was the frequency he got flagged by the linesman.

According to the Premier League’s official website, only three individuals were found lingering beyond the last defender more times than Chelsea’s no.11.  

That is part of the reason why he only managed six league goals in 35 appearances.

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What’s so frustrating for Blues fans is that Werner could easily fly past an opponent without having to be on the verge of an offside call.

They will be hoping the ex-Leipzig man can enjoy a strong European Championship tournament with Germany and return to Cobham full of fresh self-belief.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.