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There was no debut goal from Timo Werner against Brighton but his performance showed how he will give Chelsea a new dimension
Last Updated: 15/09/20 12:00am
Timo Werner impressed on his Chelsea debut against Brighton
There were only a couple of minutes on the clock at the Amex Stadium when Timo Werner, Chelsea’s £45m signing from RB Leipzig, provided the first glimpse of what he can bring to Frank Lampard’s attack.
With an explosive diagonal run from left to right, the 24-year-old latched onto a long pass over the top from Reece James, dragging Ben White out of position as he did so, before firing a dangerous cross into the box which only narrowly missed the onrushing Mason Mount.
The assistant belatedly raised his flag for offside, meaning it wouldn’t have counted anyway, but the combination of speed, anticipation and awareness still made for a neat encapsulation of the qualities that persuaded Lampard to place Werner at the top of his summer wish list.
He arrives in the Premier League with a stellar reputation having scored 95 goals in 159 games for RB Leipzig. His pedigree is such that, even before kick-off at the Amex, Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville said he would be “absolutely amazed” if he doesn’t hit at least 20 goals for Chelsea this season.
But Werner hasn’t just been signed for his goals….