Chelsea produced one of the standout Premier League performances of the season so far on Sunday, as they romped to a 3-0 win over rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
The Blues were on the back foot in the first period, before the introduction of N’Golo Kante at half time allowed Thomas Tuchel’s men to establish a foothold in the game.
Kante’s deflected effort, sandwiched by goals from centre-backs Thiago Silva and Antonio Rudiger, were eventually enough for Chelsea to run out comprehensive winners in north London.
Kante wasn’t the only substitute to make an impact for the Blues though, as Timo Werner was straight into the thick of the action when he came off the bench at 2-0.
The German international gave Chelsea a major threat on the counter-attack, linking well with Romelu Lukaku. The forward did miss a couple of big opportunities, although he was on hand to grab an assist for Rudiger’s strike.
With Werner’s misses not proving costly for Chelsea in the end, a number of Blues supporters took to social media to praise the impact the forward had on the game and the link up Lukaku when he was brought on.
@SignEveryone: “Timo Werner might miss chances but there is no denying the fact that Chelsea are a better attacking team when he is on the pitch..”
@MalikOfori: “I love Werner, he might miss chances but always create opportunities for other to score.”
@Pulisicate: “Don’t tell me that our attack doesn’t look better with Timo Werner. Look at those chances we’ve created when he’s on. He’ll miss some chances but if we have a lot of chances with him and we’re scoring, isn’t it better?”
@Boitumelo: “I know Werner misses a lot but a him and Lukaku with a 10 behind them will cause problems for defenders”
@AydenMalek: “Chelsea are a better team when Timo Werner is on the field except for the times in the game when Timo Werner has the ball at his feet for Chelsea 1v1 with the keeper.”
@Mxdiano: “Werner/Lukaku as a front two have looked more dangerous in 30 minutes than every other permutation we’ve used in 5 games.”
Chelsea signed Werner for big money from RB Leipzig last summer, with the forward having shone in the Bundesliga.
While he frequently found the back of the net in his home country, goals have been a lot more difficult to come by in the Premier League. At the moment, the forward is clearly having a crisis of confidence when chances present themselves.
However, Tuchel used Werner consistently during Chelsea’s run to Champions League glory last season and the indications are that the striker can still be an effective option, even after Lukaku’s arrival.
Source by Football London