Timo Werner will have been disappointed to miss out on Germany’s game against Turkey on Wednesday evening, suffering with flu-like symptoms. His last trip back yielded a goal against Spain in Berlin but there was nothing unusual about that. The forward also scored seven goals in his final eight appearances for RB Leipzig, underlining his status as one of the game’s great goalscorers.
Four games into his Premier League journey with Chelsea, there have been glimpses of why Werner can be so dangerous. He has looked bright, particularly when winning a penalty against Brighton. There was also a fine strike to open the scoring in the Carabao Cup tie against Tottenham. But that first Premier League goal has eluded Werner thus far.
There is no cause for alarm. And yet, perhaps aware that forwards thrive on goals, Frank Lampard went onto the Stamford Bridge pitch to put an arm around his new £50m signing after the 4-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday. Werner never went more than four Bundesliga games without scoring last season. He would have liked to take a penalty.
There will be a certain irony if Werner’s start to life at Chelsea comes to be deemed as slow – and not just because he is one of the quickest players around. Nor because it took him just three minutes of his first friendly appearance to open his account. It is the fact that he cut short his time at RB Leipzig partly in the hope of ensuring he could hit the ground running.
Werner believes the Premier League ‘fits his style’ after joining from the Bundesliga