Today’s short by @FrankiesBlueCFC analyses Timo Werner’s start at Chelsea after his high-profile transfer from RB Leipzig this summer.
Chelsea has been long looking for a lethal yet a commanding striker for a long time and Werner checks all the boxes as a modern-day striker. His pre-season debut away at Brighton seemed a great start, managing to score from a lofted mistimed header pass by Hudson Odoi. What more we could see during this match and later on in his competitive starts against Brighton away and Liverpool at home his sheer work rate without the ball. He was not hesitant to gain the possession back from the opposition and try to build an attack again sometimes from the defensive area on our side.
The sheer willingness to score his first competitive goal on his competitive debut could also be visualised when he won a penalty by drawing a mistimed tackle from Matt Ryan. The penalty won really was the epitome of Timo’s pace and fine vision to check his run on time. Of course, the VAR involved did validate that before it was adjudged the penalty. He had a decent start to his Chelsea career although his debut goal did not arrive and next came Liverpool’s visit to Stamford Bridge.
Werner himself couldn’t be more ready for a clash such big as Liverpool. The start was a tad rough, to say the least, but his forward runs in the first half were there for everyone to see. Although the fixture could have been competitive if not for the red card which really took the sting out of our attack, we could see the work rate from Timo and one that really stood out to Chelsea supporters and anyone watching even as a neutral. He managed to bag another penalty for the second game running and even though it was not converted which could have opened up the game.
Timo Werner’s performances overall across the first two Premier League games bode very well for the upcoming fixtures. What Chelsea fans can be excited about is not only that Timo looks fit and ready to lead the Chelsea front line but also his in-game characteristics. His pace for one along with the versatility to play in different tactical formations will give Frank Lampard options to involve more players and make the life of opposition defenders very difficult.