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Frank Lampard believes it is only a matter of time before Timo Werner finds a way to score goals while backing the Chelsea forward.
Werner last scored for Chelsea on 7 November and the Germany international, signed from RB Leipzig for £ 47.5 million in June, has scored just four times in 16 Premier League games.
But the 24-year-old was again backed by head coach Lampard, whose team host Manchester City on Sunday.
“In terms of scoring goals, I always found, and I’m not talking about Timo here, that all players go through difficult moments in front of goal,” he told reporters.
“The beauty is that he has had opportunities, because that is definitely positive, we know that. I found that boot camp work was the only way to change that, simple boot camp work and repeat completions, which Timo is doing now.
“When you work like this, it’s a matter of time because his natural attributes will put him in front of goal and take him away from defenders and give him those opportunities again.
“If your confidence is lowered by missing a partner, it’s natural. It’s my job to help him with his confidence and be positive and push in a positive direction and I feel like the goals will come.
Werner has converted just three of his 11 big chances in the Premier League this season.
Of the players who have had at least 10 great chances, that conversion rate (27.3) ranks second lowest, only ahead of Burnley striker Chris Wood (14.3).
Lampard’s side have also endured a tough streak, winning just one of their last five league games to rank fifth in the table, seven points behind Liverpool and Manchester United.
But the former England international said he was accepting the pressure that came with a drop in form.
“I enjoy the pressure. If I hadn’t, I wouldn’t have gotten into this again. I would have gone at the first opportunity and that’s something I would never do, ”Lampard said.
“That doesn’t mean you’re as happy as when you’re on that 16 game undefeated streak and that’s normal. But it makes me absolutely focus. You learn more in losses and tough times.
“It is head-down time. Go down and work. And don’t over-consider the table. We know we are there or there. “