Darren Bent is a big admirer of Timo Werner, although he accepts the Chelsea striker has his shortcomings.
However, he says the Germany international’s ability to keep going and put himself in positions for more chances – something aided by his blistering pace – despite those misses is the ‘most impressive thing’ about him.
‘I’m a big Timo Werner fan,’ Bent told Sky Sports ahead of Chelsea’s Champions League clash with Sevilla. ‘ I like what he’s doing.
‘As we can all see, it’s the pace. The pace he shows is tremendous.
‘When teams come onto Chelsea and leave that space in behind, when you’ve got that electric pace that he’s got he can hurt teams on the counter attack.
‘For me, he’s been very, very impressive. Will we see him tonight? I don’t know.
‘One thing about him, though, I wouldn’t say he’s the most clinical finisher.
‘There’s been chances this season where he has kind of missed big chances.
‘But with his movement and the way he plays, he’ll always get those chances.
‘I think the most impressive thing about him is when he’s missed opportunities, he’s still kept going.
‘Going to get another goal, going to get another chance, getting into the positions to eventually score a goal.’
Bent is impressed by the wealth of attacking options at Frank Lampard’s disposal and suggested no side in Europe has greater depth than Chelsea.
‘In that attacking option, there’s [Christian] Pulisic there, there’s Werner, [Hakim] Ziyech there, Mason Mount can play out there, [Tammy] Abraham, [Olivier] Giroud…
‘They’ve got such strength in depth in those attacking areas that he’s got the opportunity to -as far as depth goes he’s probably get the strongest in the Champions League in those positions.
‘I think he’s in a fortunate position, Frank Lampard. He’s got so many options.’