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Frank Lampard believes Timo Werner is “scaring the teams” and the head coach is unconcerned despite the lack of goals from the Chelsea forward.
Signed for £ 47.5 million from RB Leipzig ahead of the 2020-21 season, Werner has scored just four goals in 14 Premier League games.
The German international has failed to score in each of his last seven starts for Chelsea in all competitions, his longest streak since September 2016 between stints in Stuttgart and RB Leipzig.
Werner made four shots in Monday’s 3-0 win over West Ham and provided an assist for Tammy Abraham, and while Lampard would have liked a goal from the lead, he backed the 24-year-old.
“I’m not worried. All the forwards will want to be scoring goals, that’s why they are finally judged and that’s why Timo was a great acquisition for us because of the level of goals he has scored in recent years,” he said at a press conference .
“He is a player from a new league and we have to give him time to calm down, but he is positioning himself regularly, it scares the teams and gives them a problem.
“He is not doing well at the moment, but the moment that changes, and he will continue to work hard, then we will see goals from Timo Werner for sure.”
While Werner has four assists in the Premier League this season, his shot conversion rate (excluding blocks) of 15.4 is the third worst of forwards to have taken at least 30 shots, behind only Aleksandar Mitrovic (7.7) and Sadio Mane (15.2).
Abraham scored a late double after Thiago Silva’s opener against West Ham as Chelsea moved up to fifth in the table.
With 25 goals in all competitions since the start of last season, Abraham has scored seven more than any other Chelsea player.
“It’s clearly good for your confidence. You have to work for your goals and he worked for them because he tried so hard, ”Lampard said.
“I wanted it to be a handful and to have energy and move the bottom line, which it did. Oli Giroud has been doing it for us in his own way and scoring goals so it was just one more opponent’s decision to play Tammy and he was satisfied with how he did it.
“We need that, we’ve had goals across the field, that’s great, but you need people to score regularly and Tammy to score two will help him.”