Timo Werner opened up about his two-month goal drought at Chelsea and how it has taught him about being ‘the best Timo’ for the team.
Prior to the November international break, Werner, and his goalscoring form, was the focal point of Chelsea’s attack, having scored five goals in four games before he flew to Germany.
Nobody expected that his goal in the 4-1 win over Sheffield United would be his last for a quite some time after that.
It took Werner 14 games and 31 attempts before he was finally back on the scoresheet in a Premier League game in the 2-0 win over Newcastle United a couple of weeks ago.
Having bagged 28 Bundesliga goals for RB Leipzig last season, it is easy to see why Werner was frustrated with his form.
But he admitted that he has also learned a valuable lesson from the experience.
“The period where I [didn’t] score in the last month was maybe the worst time in my career,” the Germany international told Sky Sports (via Football Daily).
“I never had so long a period of time without a goal, so I was very happy and glad that it ended.
“When I look at my half year here now I think it was the best time to learn new things when you have periods of no goals you learn something about yourself.
“You have to be patient you have to be the best Timo for the team and not the best Timo for myself.
“Sometimes in Germany we say from bad moments you learn the most and that’s exactly what I learned the last month.”
Tuchel’s arrival likely played a part in Werner’s regaining his confidence.
Werner has been playing in his preferred deep-lying forward role in the former PSG boss’ 3-4-3 structure, a position which did not exist in Frank Lampard’s 4-3-3.
It also helps that there is no longer a language barrier between him and the manager, as he admitted.
However, Werner has yet to rediscover his old goalscoring form, having fired blanks in the last two games.
At the end of the day, Chelsea signed him because of his goalscoring record — and Tuchel can hopefully get him firing again.