No goals for Timo Werner but his impact seals victory
Chelsea’s big-money recruit from RB Leipzig has struggled in front of goal since December and hasn’t netted in his last 15 Premier League games, the longest goal drought of his career.
Werner has started three of Tuchel’s four matches in charge so far with there being a school of thought that appointing the German head coach will get the best out of his fellow countryman after struggling under Frank Lampard.
While he didn’t get that elusive goal on Sunday night at Sheffield United, he came pretty close with a deft lob in the first half, Werner’s all-round game was massive for Chelsea as they secured a very hard-fought victory in a freezing Yorkshire.
It was Werner who latched onto Ben Chilwell’s pass down the Blues’ left, leaving Chris Basham for dead in his wake, before playing a perfect cut-back for Mason Mount to steer home into the far corner to give the visitors the lead just before the break.
It wasn’t the first time that Werner had ran in behind the very high Blades backline and one was bound to come off at some point. Werner wasn’t doing anything out of the ordinary, just doing something he is good at.
Werner was involved heavily in the Blues’ winner too as he latched on to a woefully under hit back pass and cleverly poked the ball past Aaron Ramsdale before the inevitable contact came and a penalty was, belatedly, awarded to the Blues which Jorginho converted.
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The German striker has now won seven penalties for Chelsea in all competitions this season and he’s bagged six assists as well. The goals have dried up and Werner still appears to be lacking confidence in front of goal but his impact in other areas pleased his head coach.
“So he got us the decisive penalty again like in Tottenham, it is clear that the situation in Tottenham gave him a…