Timo Werner’s scoreless streak has now reached over 630 minutes, and while he does have three assists in that span including one last night, the higher that number gets, the more pressure he will be under.
He did get (another) shot to hit the crossbar however, which now puts him atop that unfortunate league with five (5!) already this season. Only seven players in the entire league have hit the woodwork more than twice thus far.
5 - Timo Werner has hit the Woodwork five times in the Premier League this season, more than any other player. Rattled.— OptaChelsea (@OptaChels) December 21, 2020
Frank Lampard is still not concerned however, though it is his job to not be concerned (in public). If he could put a positive spin on the Kepa conundrum, he could certainly talk down any concerns about Turbo Timo.
“I am not worried on that front. Every striker will want to be scoring goals and that’s what they ultimately get judged on. That’s why Timo was a great acquisition for us because of the level of goals that he has scored for us over the last few years.
“So, again, I will say it is a player in a new league who needs time to settle.
“That’s not the whole story with Timo, he is getting into positions regularly, scaring them and giving them a problem. At the moment, it is not quite going for him but that moment will change if he keeps working hard and we will see goals from Timo Werner for sure.”
-Frank Lampard; Source: Football.London
To his credit, Werner has not let his travails in front of goal affect his play in general — his fatigue from overplaying probably has, but that’s a discussion for another day — and he’s certainly not shying away from the ball or hiding in corners instead of attacking the box. So, chances are, if he continues his solid play, the goals will indeed come ... probably. Trust the process, and all that.
In 2015-16 Werner had 6 goals from like 11.5 xG. And then in 2016-17 he exploded with 21 goals from 14.5 xG. Then he hovered around xG for a few years before going 28 goals on 21 xG last season.— Mike L. Goodman (@TheM_L_G) November 21, 2020
So yeah, the finishing, it is not bad.
Of course, at the end of the day, he will be judged first and foremost on goals scored, regardless of where along the front line he plays. He may prefer the center, and he may still be learning the ropes on the left and the right, but either way, he will need to get back to scoring soon to prevent this narrative from spiraling out of control.
Next up: Arsenal.