Frank Lampard insists ‘the goals will come’ for misfiring Chelsea forward Timo Werner following the star’s barren run in recent weeks.
Werner arrived at Chelsea with a burgeoning reputation during the summer following a prolific period at RB Leipzig, but despite an initial bright start has struggled for form of late and is without a goal in his past 11 appearances for the west London side.
The Germany international has looked visibly short of confidence in recent fixtures and was dropped to the substitutes’ bench for the 1-1 draw with Aston Villa on Monday night, having been withdrawn at half-time in the 3-1 defeat at Arsenal.
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Werner’s struggles have coincided with a dip in form for Chelsea who have won just once in their past five Premier League fixtures to drop to fifth, though Lampard has backed the summer signing to bounce back and believes the goals will soon start too flow.
“Every player goes through tough times in front of goal. The beauty is that Timo’s been getting chances and that’s definitely a positive,” Lampard said.
“I found work on the training ground was the only way to turn it around – that repetition of finishing, which Timo is doing now. When you work like that it’s a matter of time because his natural attributes will get him in front of goal and away from defenders.
“If his confidence goes down after missing a couple, that’s only natural. It’s my job to help him with his confidence and push him in a positive direction. Then the goals will come. He’s sharp, he can finish. And sometimes the onus is on us to get him the ball in the right areas.”