Pat Nevin nailed his pre-season prediction about Chelsea forward Timo Werner - Our View
Pat Nevin expected centre-forward Timo Werner to start the season “on fire” for Chelsea, which is a prediction that he was spot on with.
The Blues signed the Germany international from RB Leipzig in the summer transfer window and he joined after scoring 34 goals in all competitions during the previous campaign.
Nevin claimed just days before the 2020/21 Premier League season that he had high hopes for Werner to hit the ground running:
“It is hard not to be excited by Timo Werner for a kick off. He scores in his first outing for the Blues against Brighton [in a friendly] and then follows it up with a superb striker’s goal for Germany against Spain. He could well start the season on fire,” Nevin told the club’s official website.
It’s safe to say that Werner’s start to life at Stamford Bridge has been electric, as even when he wasn’t scoring in the opening few games he was creating chances and stretching opponents with his pace to quickly get the supporters on his side.
He’s gone into the international break with eight goals and three assists in his first 12 Chelsea appearances to make it a brilliant start in English football.
The 24-year-old is a goal machine that has quickly become a nailed-on starter that manager Frank Lampard is relying heavily on and it shows a lot that he’s now taken over penalty duty from teammate Jorginho.
Werner looks like he’ll get a goalscoring opportunity every time he steps to the field because of his movement and intelligence, plus he’s now starting to find his range in front of goal.
The speedster hasn’t taken too long adjusting to life in a Chelsea shirt and it won’t be a surprise to see the goals flying in for him in the near future, especially as he continues to strike up combinations with those around him.
It’s a big credit to him that he’s looked a threat when used as a left-winger or centre-forward this season, albeit his long-term role may be down the middle.