Frank Lampard has defended forward Timo Werner over the £53million summer signing’s recent goalscoring troubles at Chelsea.
Werner has four goals and four assists in the Premier League so far for the Blues, and has scored three in six games in the Champions League.
However, he has not found the back of the net in his last eight matches, prompting questions about his and Chelsea’s current form, with the west London club having lost both their previous league games against Wolves and Everton.
Lampard was quick to bat away concerns over Werner in his press conference ahead of Chelsea’s Monday night clash at home to West Ham.
“With Timo, any goalscorer wants to score regularly. Simple answer,’ he said.But they must have the mental toughness and confidence to go through periods because every striker goes through them.There’s not been a striker in the world that has been able to score game after game in a long career. There’s no problem at that front.He needs to remain confident, he needs to keep getting in the areas and those goals will come without a doubt”.
Werner has been moved to out to the left of the front three in recent matches, and Lampard was clear that this was not a reason for the 24-year-old’s struggles to score.
“For Leipzig and Germany, Timo played as a No 9, to the side, slightly behind sometimes”he said.
“He played all those roles wherever he’s been, so I don’t think it’s a problem for him to play there [left flank] for use.And he could be used in various roles across the front three”.
Similar questions have arisen over attacker Christian Pulisic. Having been at his best through the middle, the USA international has played predominantly on the right recently, with Olivier Giroud in the centre.
Lampard said it was his tactical planning that meant Werner and Pulisic are swapping sides during matches. “That’s my decision. It can happen sometimes in games depending on how the game pans out” he said.They can cross over and stay in that position for a while until they can cross back”.
The Chelsea boss praised the two players’ versatility, which he said was the driving factor behind his thinking.
“Those are my decisions because I have players on the wings that can play both sides.Not all of them – Hakim Ziyech clearly is more of a player who plays on the right. With Timo, he can play left and right of a front three at his previous teams. The same with Christian, he played right and left for Dortmund and did the same for us last year.Sometimes you feel you can give the opposition a problem. When Christian moved to the right against Wolves, he dribbled into their box and went on a mazy run, created a few things. I like to have the option to change them at times” He concluded .