Timo Werner’s aim has been the subject of much debate, merriment, and frustration since his arrival at Stamford Bridge, but as far as his ambitions are concerned, both personal and collective, it looks to be right on target.
“We want to win a title; it doesn’t matter which one. The best thing would be the Champions League again, but also the Premier League is a big target. One of those titles is our target.
“For me individually it is to score maybe a little bit more than last year, which was not the best thing, but to keep going and to help the team as much as I can with assists and scoring.”
-Timo Werner; source: Chelsea FC
Werner led the team in goals (12, joint top with Tammy Abraham) and assists (15), but he also played more minutes than all but two players (Mason Mount and Edouard Mendy), making those numbers come about more through sheer quantity of play rather than quality of play.
That said, he was one of the first names on the teamsheet for both Frank Lampard and Thomas Tuchel, as he never shied away from the ball and continued to work as hard as anyone on the team. Opposition defenses often had no answer for his speed, which often proved crucial for us. With a bit of luck — how many times did he hit the woodwork or was on the unfortunate end of marginal VAR decisions? — he just might improve on those numbers.
If Chelsea do sign
a new center forward Romelu Lukaku, not only will that take pressure off Werner, it will give him (and the team) a central focal point, and that should help everyone.