Frank Lampard has admitted he is going to have a ‘conversation’ with underperforming striker Timo Werner following a Premier League loss to Arsenal.
Chelsea did put in a lackadaisical performance against Arsenal on Boxing Day, suffering a dismal 3-1 defeat at the Emirates Stadium. The Blues have now lost three away Premier League fixtures on the trot, tumbling down to seventh in the standings. The fact they’ve scored one goal or less per game in three of their last four league matches probably the best illustrates Chelsea’s dip in form.
One of the players tasked with providing goals is Timo Werner. However, the €53m summer signing from RB Leipzig is currently on a 10-game goalless duck in all competitions, with his last strike for the Stamford Bridge outfit dating back to November 7. Indeed, the 24-year-old forward has been struggling to adapt to life in the Premier League, as evidenced by his mediocre haul of just four goals scored in 15 league outings this season.
Werner’s utterly disappointing showing against Arsenal saw Frank Lampard withdraw the German at half-time, introducing Callum Hudson-Odoi. The lightning-fast winger set up Tammy Abraham for the consolation goal and was one of the very few shining lights in Lampard’s out-of-sorts team. Evidently frustrated with his side’s underwhelming display, the English manager has pointed the finger at Werner as one of Chelsea’s weakest performers on Boxing Day.
Timo Werner’s ice cold performance vs Arsenal pic.twitter.com/3gEmmkRdaY— ™️🔴 (@AFC_auba) December 27, 2020
“Certainly the goals not going in is always something an attacking player will get judged on,” said Lampard in a post-match conference at the Emirates.
“The subs, I could have made more. But I felt I had to make the subs in those two areas to inject energy.
“For today, Timo wasn’t giving us enough with or without the ball. Some of it we have to give him time. I keep saying the same thing because it’s a different league, but we also have to get there quickly.
“We’ll see about the tiredness – I’ll have a conversation with him. But I felt I had to make changes to change the course of the match.”
Werner won’t have to wait long before getting a new chance to improve his stats, as Chelsea welcome Aston Villa to Stamford Bridge on Monday. Yet, the out-of-form forward will have to pull up his socks against a high-flying Villa side that have kept a clean sheet in six of their seven Premier League trips this season.