Timo Werner opens up on his 14-game goal drought

Timo Werner opens up on his 14-game goal drought

Chelsea striker Timo Werner has admitted that he has never suffered a goal drought as long as the 14 Premier League game goalless run he endured between November and February.

The forward hit 28 goals in 34 Bundesliga appearances for RB Leipzig during the 2019/20 campaign, and after months of speculation linking him with a move to Liverpool, he joined Chelsea in a £53m deal in the summer of 2020.

Werner netted four times in his first eight top flight appearances for the Blues. However, after his late strike against Sheffield United on 7 November, he would not score another Premier League goal until Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Newcastle on 15 February.

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Werner’s goal against Sheffield United would be his last in the Premier League for three months | Pool/Getty Images

“It was tough for me because I want to help the team,” Werner told BBC Sport. “I want to score, it’s in my nature, I am a striker.

“I never had it [a long goal drought] in my career before. You can always learn more from the bad situations. I learned to trust in myself, to give everything on the pitch, not only think about goals and fight for the team. Now I hope this period is gone and I score a few more goals until the end of the season.

“A lot of good strikers come to the Premier League and take one year to settle down and adapt. I think my form is going up and getting better and better.

“Maybe this year is not the year of goal scoring for Timo but at the end I will reflect on the season. I have learned a lot. I know exactly the teams we play against, how they play.”

Werner was brought to Stamford Bridge by Frank Lampard, but he has since been replaced by Thomas Tuchel. The former PSG boss is a compatriot of Werner’s, and the Chelsea forward praised his motivational style.

“I can talk to him very easily,” Werner added. “When he screams on the pitch, no problem for me. I need types of managers who scream at me. It gives me more power.”

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