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Sympathy for Werner after another big miss as Lampard expects ‘goals will come’

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Timo Werner has 7 goals in his last 9 games (and 8 in 14 for the season), but it feels like he’s hit a bit of rough patch, with shocking misses in his last two games, since the players returned from the international break. Fortunately, Chelsea still beat both Newcastle United and Stade Rennais, with Werner playing a key role in one of the goals against the former, even.

So, no harm, no foul, right? The finishing may be off at the moment, but at least he’s getting in the right positions, right? Frankie says relax yes.

“He’s scored a lot of goals already and he’s adapting to a new league.

“The chance today, Timo wants to score that but the ball’s bobbling as it comes along and I know myself that those finishes look a lot easier from afar than they always are.

“I think it’s just normal that a player of Timo’s quality and where he is that he’s going to get even better, because he’s a top-class player. I’ve been really happy with him since he’s got here.

“He’s feeling his team-mates and his team-mates are feeling him, hence he’s getting in positions to score in every game; so more goals will come, as a progression from that.”

-Frank Lampard; source: Football.London

What Werner needs most of all is probably just a bit of rest.

He’s barely had any all season, having started eleven (11!) games in a row and 13 of our 14 games overall on the season (while also being involved with Germany every international break). Even when he was due for a rest, he had to be drafted back in to play due to Christian Pulisic’s hamstring injury. Pulisic might be ready to play Sunday against Spurs, though not playing with the team’s leading goalscorer against the Premier League leaders seems like an unlikely choice as well.

Werner has shown at times to be a bit of a streaky goalscorer in his career (despite his impressive goals totals), but hopefully he can reset his targeting computer and get back quickly to not cratering his xG conversion stats.