Blues boss is confident the Germany international will realize his long-term potential at Stamford Bridge
Werner has largely failed to reach his price tag of £ 47.5million ($ 65million) since joining Chelsea since RB Leipzig back in June.
The 24-year-old has scored just nine goals in his first 25 outings for the Blues in all competitions, apparently having lost the murderous touch in the final third that saw him become one of the deadliest strikers in the world. ‘Europe at Red Bull Arena. .
He played 12 straight games without finding the back of the net before scoring his first goal in 827 minutes of football in the third round. FA Cup draw against Morecambe last weekend, which ended in a 4-0 win for Lampard’s side.
Werner played in the middle against the Ligue 2 outfit, but it has been deployed to the left side of a front three more often than not in recent months, suggesting that Lampard does not yet know how to make the most of the Germany international.
However, the Chelsea boss has insisted that the former Leipzig star has the versatility to play in several different positions, while also calling for calm among supporters as he continues to find his feet in the Premier League.
“With Timo in the middle, it’s clearly a position he likes to start from,” Lampard said at a press conference before the Blues clash with Fulham the Saturday.
“With Leipzig and Germany, he played in the center, from the left, as a lone striker and as one of the two forwards. So there is definitely some leeway in the way you use Timo.
“We are, and I’m proud of it as a manager, a good, hard-working team, which means a lot of pressure. And it is quite normal for Timo and the other attacking players who have come that it will take time to get used to my ideas and the ideas of their teammates.
“We didn’t have time on the training ground for that. This can only be done at full speed in training, to work on the high press. That’s why the past two weeks have been really helpful.
“I think his performances have been pretty good and I think they will improve as he works with his teammates. I think it’s a bit unspoken that a lot of players, unless they’re at a club like Chelsea, have time to get into the squad, get out of the squad, make their way through .
“The players who came to the Liverpool In recent years, the team has had time to find its way into the team game. With Timo, we didn’t have this opportunity because of some injuries and because we bought him to have an impact in our first team right away.
“Everyone has to be patient, however. We will maximize Timo’s talents in this team. And this is a two-way street for his work and our work. It will take time. “
Lampard then addressed speculation about Fikayo Tomori’s future at Stamford Bridge, with the 23-year-old currently linked with a move away from the club.
The Chelsea head coach hasn’t ruled out letting the defender go on loan this month, but he still expects him to have a long and successful career in West London, regardless or his current role in the team.
“He absolutely has a long term future at this club and we’ll see if and when he gets loaned,” Lampard said of Tomori. “The moment I got close to Fikayo was when I loaned him to Derby and he was the player of the year and one of the best players in the league that year.
“He came back last year, played over 20 games for us at a young age, and then joined the England squad.
“There is a long term plan for Fikayo in my head for his career here. And if he leaves on loan, it will be to improve his personal development, hopefully, help the team he’s going to and come back as a better player.