Frank Lampard is focused on Timo Werner regaining his composure in front of goal and making a good effect on Sunday’s Chelsea match against Manchester City.
While Werner had a reputation when he joined Chelsea last summer as one of the best strikers in Europe, he struggled late and went 12 games without a club and country goal.
In last Saturday’s loss to Arsenal, the former RB Leipzig striker looked exhausted and was replaced at halftime and was replaced two days later in the draw against Aston Villa.
Although the form of Werner is a cause for concern for Chelsea, who have won just one of their last five games, Lampard claims that the work of the 24-year-old on his completion would pay dividends in training.
Chelsea’s manager said, “Every player goes through difficult times in front of goal,” The good thing is that, and that is certainly a positive thing, he keeps having chances.
I’ve found that the only way to improve that is to practice on the training pitch; quick work and completion repetition, which is what Timo does.
If you operate like that, it’s only a matter of time because it’s going to get him in front of goal and away from defenders with his natural attributes.
If, due to a few missed shots, his morale decreases, it’s just normal.
Helping him with his confidence is my work.
I assume that the targets will come.’
One of Werner’s complaints, who this season has scored eight goals, is that he is battling deep defenses. The German may have more room against City, but Lampard thinks the threat of the striker is anything but one-dimensional.
I think the qualities of Timo can be really good on the counterattack, but in the game against City, on and off the ball, there are a lot of things we need,” he said. “He’s always a big weapon there and I think he’s going to be a big weapon against low blocks.
It’s up to us often to get the ball into the correct places.
Lampard added that this month, Chelsea could look to downsize their team.
Atlético Madrid are interested in Marcos Alonso, who has fallen out of favor as a left-back, but they may only be able to afford a loan.
Chelsea will also try to get rid of one of its five central defenders. Fikayo Tomori could leave on loan, with Newcastle among the interested clubs, unless they can find a buyer for Antonio Rudiger.