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Timo Werner will become a Chelsea star, but it could still “take time” before the goal-hungry forward ignites the Premier League, according to Frank Lampard.
Blues boss Lampard has seen Werner score in none of his last nine league games, meaning he’s mired in his longest drought in top-flight football since 2016, when he went 11 straight games without find the network.
On Saturday, Chelsea will make the short trip to Fulham, and a Werner goal in the West London derby would be a huge relief to the German striker, his coach and Chelsea fans who may be questioning the investment in the former player. from RB Leipzig.
Werner scored 28 goals in 34 Bundesliga games last season, finishing second only to Robert Lewandowski (34 goals) in the goal standings.
Lampard hopes the time spent with Werner in training ground over the past fortnight will be worth it, as Chelsea have not had a Premier League game since their January 3 clash with Manchester City.
“I think their performances have been quite good and I think they are going to improve,” Lampard told a news conference.
“I think nothing is said about the fact that many players who enter this league have time to enter and leave the team and feel their way. There are players who have come to Liverpool in recent years and have been given time to feel how the team plays.
“Clearly with Timo we didn’t have that opportunity because of some injuries in certain positions and because we bought Timo and others to have an impact on our first team right away.
“People have to be patient with the idea that we will maximize Timo’s talent on this team. That’s a two-way street from Timo’s work and our work as a group, and it will happen, but of course it can take time. “
Werner, 24, has spent much of his career at Chelsea in a broad role, which may not be the optimal way to use his strengths, even if it was a position he played often for Leipzig.
Lampard is considering ways to get the best out of the £ 47 million man, knowing he can play a number of roles, and a goal in the FA Cup thrashing against Minnows Morecambe last week was welcome.
827 – Timo Werner’s goal ended an 827-minute unmarked streak for Chelsea in all competitions, and his previous goal returned in November against Sheffield United. Relief. pic.twitter.com/BBHDLlsHuo
– OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 10, 2021
“With Timo in the middle, it’s clearly an area of the field that he likes to start from,” Lampard said.
“In Leipzig and with Germany, he has played central, he has played on the left, he has played as a lone striker, he has played as one of the two forwards, so I see that there is definitely room to maneuver in how Timo is used.” .
Werner has scored four Premier League goals in 17 appearances, and has also hit the wood five times on his 40 shots.
Of all the players with 40 or more shots, only Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne (three goals from 54 shots) has scored fewer times this season.
Chelsea will face Fulham who have drawn their last five Premier League matches, equaling the number of draws they had played in their previous 45 top flight matches.
However, the Cottagers have won only one of 28 previous Premier League meetings with Chelsea, when Chris Coleman’s team won 1-0 at home against José Mourinho’s men in March 2006, with Lampard on the side. defeated that day.
Chelsea last lost in the Premier League, falling 3-1 to Pep Guardiola’s City, and it was in 1993 that they last suffered losses in consecutive league games earlier in the year.
Those losses came against City, coincidentally, and Nottingham Forest.
Lampard believes Fulham manager Scott Parker is doing “fantastically well” and said they “played very well” in Wednesday’s 1-1 draw at Tottenham.
“They are very well organized and they have threats throughout their team,” Lampard said.