Frank Lampard slams Timo Werner performance in Chelsea loss to Arsenal

Timo Werner has struggled for form since arriving at Chelsea (Picture: Getty Images)

Timo Werner was substituted at half-time in Chelsea’s shock 3-1 defeat to Arsenal on Saturday evening and manager Frank Lampard was scathing in his assessment of the striker’s performance.

The German has struggled for consistency since arriving in the summer from RB Leipzig, scoring four Premier League goals already, but not finding the net in any of his last 11 games in all competitions for the Blues.

Chelsea found themselves 2-0 down at half-time against the Gunners at the Emirates and Werner was hauled off at the break after contributing little or nothing over the first 45 minutes.

Lampard has been defending the 24-year-old’s goal-scoring troubles of late, but was critical of him after the London derby, saying he offered little on or off the ball.

‘We’ll see,’ Lampard said of whether Werner is in need of a rest.

‘Certainly the goals not going in is always something an attacking player will get judged on. The subs, I could have made more. But I felt I had to make the subs in those two areas to inject energy.

‘For today Timo wasn’t giving us enough with or without the ball.

‘Some of it we have to give him time. I keep saying the same thing because it’s a different league but we also have to get there quickly.

‘We’ll see about the tiredness – I’ll have a conversation with him. But I felt I had to make changes to change the course of the match.’

Werner has made 15 Premier League starts already this season, but Lampard has plenty of other options along his front line, with Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud the obvious options as traditional strikers.

The likes of Christian Pulisic, Kai Havertz, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Mason Mount and the currently injured Hakim Ziyech are other possibles on the wing, where Werner played against Arsenal.

Speaking ahead of the game against Arsenal, Lampard had praised Werner’s performances and positioning and backed him to start scoring in the near future.

‘I talk to him all the time,’ said the Blues boss. ‘I don’t sense frustration.

‘As a striker you want to score regularly because that’s how you’re judged but at the same time every striker has moments and patches where the ball doesn’t drop for you, for whatever reason.

‘The positive thing is he’s getting chances in games. The goals will come.’

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