Ian Wright voiced his support on the Wrighty’s House podcast for Timo Werner’s excellent contribution during his maiden Chelsea campaign.

For many players, managing 12 goals and 14 assists in you debut season at a new club would be celebrated.

Unfortunately for Werner, these impressive statistics have not saved him from repeated criticism.

Granted, the 25-year-old has missed several guilt edged chances. He’s only scored twice in the Premier League since November.

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He isn’t the serial striker that arrived from RB Leipzig last summer. His offside record is pretty poor.

However, Werner has proved his importance to Chelsea in a variety of ways beyond the realms of goalscoring.  

Wright rates Werner

Wright wanted to set aside some appreciation for the German international’s first spell in England.

“I think with Timo Werner, with everything that’s gone on, he’s playing well,” said the former Arsenal attacker.  

“He’s come and everyone thought he was a striker.

“If you are going to bring him as that player coming off the left, he’s having an unbelievable first season.

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“Goals and assists. Unbelievable. If you take away the fact that everyone’s saying he misses so many chances.

“Another one of those players who cannot help stretching and working teams.”

What Werner can do well without doubt is running beyond defences.

The speed at which he breaks lines makes the lives of opponents extremely difficult and sometimes tricky for his teammates to keep up.

VAR is so often called into action because Werner is already pre-empting his movement.

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Chelsea have profited on so many occasions from this kind of unselfish dash.

Their winning goal against Manchester City last weekend was orchestrated by Werner’s clever dart in between the two centre-backs.

People will always want more from a man who cost £45m (Sky Sports).

But on the whole, Werner should be pleased with his work.

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