Lampard backs Werner to come through dry ‘patch’ as he offers Chelsea striker full ‘support’

Frank Lampard has backed Timo Werner to come through his current dry ‘patch’ and has offered the Chelsea forward his ‘support’ following a barren run in front of goal.

Werner has struggled for form in recent weeks and was left out of the side for the 1-0 win at Fulham on Saturday, the forward introduced as a second-half substitute before missing another good opportunity to end his scoreless streak.

The forward arrived with a fine reputation after scoring 34 goals in just 45 appearances for RB Leipzig last season, but after an initial bright start his performances have dipped and the summer signing has managed just four league goals for the campaign.

The Germany international’s run without a Premier League goal has now also extended to 10 games, though Lampard has come to the defence of the 24-year-old and believes it is a matter of time before Werner gets back to his best.

Speaking at his post-match press conference, the Chelsea boss said: “Timo may be being hard on himself because any striker worth their salt, who has scored the level of goals he’s scored in the last few years in Germany, will be hard on himself because that’s how you get to the top – you have a desire to score goals.

“I was happy when he went on [against Fulham] and got in the position – particularly the one that went wide – where he’s in that in between position because that’s where I’ve seen him score so many goals in his career so far. And he will score them.

“Being hard on himself is not a problem, I hope he feels my support, the only way through a patch where it’s not quite going for you is to train and train, keep your attitude right and keep positive.

“Sometimes you need a bit of help with that – that can be me, his team-mates – we all want him to do well. We have a really competitive nature within the group, I have options in the front areas and they’re all wanting each other to do well. So Timo will get there, there’s no problem. He can be hard on himself, he has my support and being hard on himself just means he wants to do better and he will do.”

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