Frank Lampard insists he is ‘not worried’ about Timo Werner’s goal drought for Chelsea after his NINTH game without scoring in win over West Ham – and Blues boss believes the £53m striker is still ‘scaring teams’
- Timo Werner’s disappointing scoring form for Chelsea continued on Monday
- The German stretched his goal drought to nine games in 3-0 win over West Ham
- Manager Frank Lampard insists Werner will soon find his feet in the top flight
- He insists he is ‘scaring teams’ and does not feel worried by his lack of goals
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has thrown his backing behind misfiring striker Timo Werner after the German stretched his goal drought to nine games in their 3-0 win over West Ham.
The 24-year-old arrived at Stamford Bridge this summer in a £53million deal with the reputation as one of Europe’s most feared forwards, but the club are yet to see the best of him thus far. He’s scored just four Premier League goals in 14 games.
Werner’s lack of form in front of goal has seen him shifted out to the left wing, with Lampard favouring Olivier Giroud and Tammy Abraham as his central attacker in recent games. The former RB Leipzig man has shown quality by chipping in with assists and getting into promising positions.
Timo Werner’s lack of form in front of goal continued in Chelsea’s 3-0 win over West Ham
Frank Lampard defended the German despite going a ninth game without scoring for the Blues
After blitzing 34 goals from 45 games last season, many expected Werner to be high up the goalscoring charts in England, but Lampard has been quick to praise his displays and backed him to start hitting the back of the net soon.
‘I’m not worried,’ he said after the game at Stamford Bridge.
‘Every striker will want to be scoring goals, it’s what they ultimately get judged on and that’s why Timo was a great acquisition for us because of the level of goals he’s scored in the last few years.
‘He’s a player in a new league and we have to give him time to settle but he’s getting positions regularly, he’s scaring teams and giving them a problem.
‘It’s not quite going in for him at the moment but the moment that changes then we’ll see goals from Timo Werner for sure.
Werner has been shifted out to the left wing after netting just four league goals so far
Lampard insists the 24-year-old will pick up form soon and believes he is ‘scaring teams’
‘That’s the period Timo is in. It’s unfortunate but he’s getting in the positions – when one goes in it will be a run for him.
Another German signing that is yet to shine for Chelsea is Kai Havertz, who joined for an even bigger sum of £71m from Bayer Leverkusen after attracting interest from some of the biggest teams in Europe.
The 21-year-old, who was subbed on in the 84th minute during Monday night’s win, has struggled to adapt and has had to deal with a positive coronavirus test in a further disruption to his progress.
Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher said after the game that Lampard may be struggling to identify where Havertz slots into his line up but believes the young manager currently has stronger options in N’Golo Kante, Mason Mount and Mateo Kovacic.
Kai Havertz has also struggled since joining Chelsea and was on the bench for the 3-0 victory
‘At this moment he’s (Havertz) finding it tough in a new country, obviously he had Covid start of the season,’ Carragher said.
‘Sometimes players fall into that category where you’re not sure they fit in. I think Frank – he’s still probably not quite sure himself where he fits in. He’s spent a lot of money on him so you’ve got to try and find a position for him in some ways.
‘But for me, right now Chelsea look stronger with Kante, Mount and one other. And when I say one other I mean Kovacic or Jorginho.
‘It looks a lot stronger that midfield for me. I still think Frank is waiting to see what kind of player Havertz is and how he will fit into this 4-3-3.’