Frank Lampard defended Timo Werner after the striker missed an early sitter in Chelsea’s 2-1 victory over Rennes and insisted he was ‘really happy’ with how his summer signing was performing this season.
The Germany international has failed to score in his last three games for club and country and even got a small telling off from Mason Mount about his wayward finishing in Chelsea’s win over Newcastle at the weekend.
Werner will have been desperate to prove at point on Tuesday night and Callum Hudson-Odoi put the ball on a plate for the forward to score with an exquisite cross from the right flank in the 4th minute at Roazhon Park.
But Werner somehow sent the ball into the stands with his effort from near point-blank range and the attacker also had a tame shot saved by Alfred Gomis in the build-up to Olivier Giroud’s dramatic late winner.
Asked whether Werner’s early miss shows there’s room for growth, Lampard responded: ‘I don’t know, he’s scored a lot of goals already and he’s adapting to a new league.
‘The chance today, Timo wants to score that but the ball’s bobbling as it comes along and I know myself that those finishes look a lot easier from afar than they always are.
‘I think it’s just normal that a player of Timo’s quality and where he is that he’s going to get even better, because he’s a top-class player.
‘I’ve been really happy with him since he’s got here.
‘He’s feeling his team-mates and his team-mates are feeling him, hence he’s getting in positions to score in every game.
‘So more goals will come as a progression from that.’
Discussing the Blues’ late goal, Cole said: ‘It was a real open moment and Werner, again…
‘It was a great header from Giroud, he’s got up but Werner, in this position, you’d like him to be a little more clinical.
‘That’s where the improvement will come with his game.
‘But this header from Giroud was amazing.’