Chelsea: Lampard reveals Werner plans
Chelsea striker Timo Werner has been warned he could flop at Stamford Bridge like Andriy Shevchenko did – amid reports the Ukrainian could replace Frank Lampard as Blues boss. Werner started his Chelsea career in good form following his move from RB Leipzig last summer. However, he has now failed to score in his last 11 Premier League matches.
Chelsea signed Werner for a hefty fee of around £47.6million after the German struck 34 goals in all competitions for Leipzig last term.
But he has been unable to hit those heights under Lampard and has not started the last two Premier League matches.
Like Werner, Shevchenko joined Chelsea with high expectations in 2006 for a fee just over £30m.
However, the former forward struggled to adapt to the Premier League and eventually left in 2009 following a season on loan at AC Milan.
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Shevchenko is now the favourite to replace Lampard if owner Roman Abramovich saw it fit to replace the legendary former Blues midfielder.
And amid that speculation, ex-Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan has warned Werner his Chelsea career could go in the same direction as Shevchenko if he doesn’t turn things around quickly.
“It’s interesting to watch the struggles of people like Timo Werner because before he came to Chelsea he was as hot as it got,” Jordan said on talkSPORT.
“The goals he scored for Leipzig were on in every game-and-a-half, and he’s nowhere near that.
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“He [Roman Abramovich] has been party to those sort of decisions before.
“With [Fernando] Torres and Shevchenko, and other players that he brought in.
“I watched Werner at the beginning of the season and he is a shadow of himself in terms of what he’s all about.”
Meanwhile, Lampard has no doubt Werner will come good eventually in a Chelsea shirt.
“He may be hard on himself because any striker the level that he is who is worth their salt will be hard on themselves,” Lampard told reporters.
“That’s how you get to the top with the desire to score goals.
“I was happy when he gets on and gets into the positions to score goals, particularly the one that went wide as that’s where I have seen him score so many goals in his career so far. He will score those in future.
“Him being hard on himself is not a problem, but I hope he feels my support.
“The only way out of a hard patch is to train and train, keep your attitude right and stay positive. Sometimes you need help with that.
“That can come from me or his team-mates; we all want him to do well.
“We have a really competitive nature in the group with options in forward areas so they are all willing each other to do well.
“Timo will get there no problem, he can be hard on himself and he has my support.”
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