Chelsea v West Ham: Premier League match preview
Timo Werner has enjoyed an up and down start to his Chelsea career following his summer move from RB Leipzig. Despite some impressive performances, the German has just four goals in 13 Premier League games, with his most recent outing vs Wolves, arguably his poorest for the club.
While the forward has admitted he is still adapating to life not only in England, but also in Frank Lampard’s side, he has been taken aback by the talent on display at Cobham.
Lampard splashed the cash in the summer window, bringing in a rich array of attacking talents,. But it’s a player that was already at Stamford Bridge, that has really caught Werner’s eye.
“We have so many good players,” Werner told Sky Deutschland. “But one is special, even if many know how good he is: N’Golo Kanté stands out in real life.
“What he runs away from the ball and what kind of competitor he is in training – unbelievable.
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“If you think he can’t get the ball, then he’ll steal it from behind you. This is impressive.
“Although I knew beforehand that N’Golo was probably the best six in the world, he always surprised me positively in training,” he added. “Having him on your own team is a blessing.
“Even offensively, he just marches so much. And what’s more, he’s just the dearest person on earth.
“As an example: he is knocked down from behind and laughs at himself first. It’s really impressive how someone can have such peace of mind as N’Golo. It is something special to be able to play with him.”
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As for his own form, after plundering 95 goals in 156 games for Leipzig, Chelsea fans were hoping for an instant return from the summer signing.
But it’s now eight games in all competitions without a goal for Werner, who admitted he is still coming to terms with what Lampard is asking him to do.
“I want to score goals and take responsibility, like I did in Leipzig,” he added.
“I now play a completely different position than at RB. I came through the middle, out of the attacking midfield.
“With Julian Nagelsmann I even played as an 8 sometimes. This is of course something completely different now, I have to find myself again here.
“I’ve played good games here on the left and on the right wing, but I’ve never been able to radiate the goal danger that distinguished me from the centre at Leipzig.
“The Premier League is a little bit different to my old league. It’s tougher than I thought. The contact here is harder than in Germany, it’s what I expected but not like this.”
Werner will be hoping to end his barren run, when West Ham make the trip to Stamford Bridge on Monday night.
He is likely to be kept in the XI, but is facing increasing pressure with Callum Hudson-Odoi set to rejoin the matchday squad after injury.
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