Timo Werner has blamed his ‘unluckiest season EVER’ while Graeme Souness slammed the £53m man’s ‘TERRIBLE’ record… the stats behind Chelsea’s misfiring star who scores a league goal every 418 MINUTES (and the numbers don’t compare well to Tammy Abraham!)
- Timo Werner bemoaned his ‘unluckiest season ever’ in a recent interview
- The £53m star has scored six Premier League goals all season for Chelsea
- Graeme Souness slammed the tally, labelling it ‘terrible’ in a stinging rebuke
- Werner has a league goal every 418 minutes compared to Tammy Abraham’s 172
- The statistics don’t make for good reading for Chelsea’s misfiring striker
Timo Werner must surely be wondering what it will take for his luck to finally turn at Chelsea.
Expectations of the 25-year-old have been high ever since he moved to west London in a £53m switch last summer, with Chelsea beating Liverpool to the signing of the RB Leipzig star in a real coup for the Blues.
However, Werner has been unable to emulate his Leipzig form that saw him cast as one of Europe’s top attacking talents.
Timo Werner has been unable to emulate his RB Leipzig form at Chelsea this campaign
The 25-year-old arrived in west London last summer for £53million amid big expectations
The Germany international’s lack of conviction in front of goal, coupled with a number of fine-margin decisions going against him, has resulted in a meagre return of just six Premier League goals this campaign.
That pattern continued on Tuesday night at Stamford Bridge, in which the Chelsea star endured a frustrating first half in which he had two goals ruled out while being denied a clear penalty.
The first strike saw Werner occupy an offside position before finely dispatching beyond Kasper Schmeichel. The second was ruled out after the ball touched his arm before hitting the back of the net while Mike Dean incorrectly deemed that Werner had dived when he had instead been fouled by Youri Tielemans in the box. VAR did not overturn the decision.
However, the Germany international has failed to deliver in front of goal for his new side
‘I think the first half was the picture of the whole season for me,’ Werner bemoaned to Sky Sports.
‘Every time I was close but in the end not really close. I think for me maybe the unluckiest season I have ever had or ever will have.’
While Werner may garner compassion from some quarters, others are far less empathetic of the 25-year-old’s current goalscoring woes.
Graeme Souness slammed the German following Chelsea’s huge 2-1 win over Leicester at Stamford Bridge, insisting that the striker’s numbers are ‘terrible’ this season.
Werner endured a nightmare first half against Leicester in which he saw two goals disallowed
The ex-Leipzig star reflected that he has endured his ‘unluckiest season ever’ after the game
‘His numbers are terrible for a centre forward at a big club, but he always looks like he gets chances because he is rapid, he is electric, and he would beat most people in a sprint,’ Souness told Sky Sports.
‘You see him afterwards celebrating with the supporters and he does not look down in spirits, which is a great thing.
‘He was a goalscorer before he came to Chelsea, and it may yet happen for him, but Jorginho, your midfield player, as your top scorer with seven goals, you cannot be successful if you are relying on penalties at the highest level.’
However, Graeme Souness described Werner’s goal record as ‘terrible’ for Chelsea in 2020-21
Werner has scored just six league goals for Chelsea, midfielder Jorginho has struck more
Harry Kane (L) and Mo Salah (R) dwarf Werner’s tally with 22 top flight goals apiece this season
Werner may view his season as unfortunate, but at £53m the German can ill-afford to waste his opportunity. Chelsea have been linked with a mega-money move for Spurs’ wantaway star Harry Kane this summer, and are linked with Erling Haaland and Romelu Lukaku – news which will be of concern for the Blues’ current centre forward.
‘They will have to find one [a goalscorer], whether it is Timo Werner or [Kai] Havertz or someone they bring in,’ Souness added. ‘They have to get an out-and-out goalscorer, and I think that is the final piece of the jigsaw for them.’
So, are Werner’s numbers as ‘terrible’ as Souness claims?
The German was brought in to deliver in front of goal, with Tammy Abraham suffering a dip in form at the end of last season while the ageing Olivier Giroud was not seen as a long-term option to lead the line for Chelsea.
But Werner has failed to provide the goals expected of him. Midfielder Jorginho has scored more top flight goals (seven) than Werner’s six this season, who is joint-second alongside Mason Mount and Abraham.
Werner scores a league goal every 418 minutes, Tammy Abraham hits a goal every 172 mins
The Englishman has been exiled by Thomas Tuchel but has a far superior shot conversion rate
Souness lambasted Werner for failing to provide the goals required of a ‘big’ club, and the 25-year-old’s league tally is dwarfed by the top scorers of Chelsea’s ‘big’ rivals.
Mo Salah and Harry Kane have bagged 22 for Liverpool and Spurs respectively, Bruno Fernandes has scored 18 for Man United, Ilkay Gundogan 13 for City and even Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – who has endured his worst season in England – has scored 10 Premier League goals for Arsenal.
Werner’s lack of goals is not a result of limited playing time, either, having been afforded plenty of opportunities by Frank Lampard and Thomas Tuchel.
According to Opta, he has scored at a rate of 418 minutes per goal in the top flight (307 minutes in all competitions), compared to Abraham’s 172 minutes per goal and Giroud’s 186 minutes per goal in the league.
Abraham’s girlfriend has hit out at Tuchel’s decision to exclude the Englishman in favour of Werner, and the stats certainly back the academy product’s cause. He has the same top flight goals as the German, six, and his shot conversion rate of 18.75 per cent is significantly better than Werner’s 7.89 per cent.
The 25-year-old has also spurned lots of big chances, with a big chance success rate of 21.74
Over 55 per cent of his shots are on target, indicating that he struggles to pick his corners
Werner has attempted 76 shots in total in the league this season, while Aubameyang (53) and Gundogan (54) have attempted significantly fewer but have registered more goals. Fernandes, Kane and Salah have taken over 100 shots this season.
But it is the big chances that make for grim reading for Werner. The £53m man has spurned no fewer than 18 big chances in the league this season (23 in all comps), scoring just five in comparison (10 in all comps), representing a big chance success rate of 21.74 per cent .
Werner’s ‘big’ rivals all have a big chance conversion rate of more than 50 per cent, barring Liverpool’s Salah, who comes in at 46.67 per cent.
Curiously, Werner compares well to the likes of Kane, Salah & Co. for shooting accuracy. 55.36 per cent of his efforts are on target, with all six barring Kane (48.57) boasting between 50 and 60 per cent. Either Werner has encountered goalkeepers in sensational form, or he has struggled to pick his corners – the latter being more likely.
Werner’s game is more than goals though, having provided eight assists in the Premier League
The 25-year-old has also completed 10 fast breaks for Chelsea this season, only Kane has more
The German has also won more penalties than any other player in the top flight this season
The numbers alone would suggest that Souness could well be right, although Chelsea fans – who gave Werner a rousing ovation upon returning to Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night – would contend that the Germans’ game is more than just goals.
And Blues supporters have a point. Werner has registered eight assists for Chelsea in the league this season (11 in all comps), with Kane (13) and Jamie Vardy (9) the only strikers to have contributed more in the top flight.
The German is crucial if Tuchel is looking to play on the counter attack, completing 10 total fast breaks for Chelsea – only Kane (13) has more in the top flight. Meanwhile, team-mates Mount and Kai Havertz (2) are some distance behind Werner, completing very few breaks this season in comparison.
The 25-year-old has engineered nine big chances in the league (13 in all competitions). The only attackers to better that record in the top flight are Kane (14), Son Heung-min (14), Salah (11) and Sadio Mane (11).
Despite a poor campaign, he can still end it with triumph by winning the Champions League
The stats in all competitions don’t make for good reading for Werner, analysis by SofaScore
Werner has also become a potent weapon in winning penalties for Chelsea. The Blues have been handed a total of five spot kicks for infringements on the German in the league this season. No Premier League player has won more penalties, while Kane and Salah have been given just two apiece.
These are clearly promising signs for Chelsea and Werner, who has been mired by modern day football’s expectations of instantaneous performances. Despite what Souness and his critics deem as ‘terrible’ numbers, the German could still end his debut campaign a Stamford Bridge hero.
‘When you have a season like this and you are so unlucky and you are still in the Champions League final and maybe reach the Champions League next year everything is good,’ Werner added on Tuesday night.
A winning Champions League goal on May 29’s showpiece in Porto would enshrine Werner into Chelsea folklore, justify the £53m price tag and almost certainly ensure that his underwhelming tally is long forgotten.
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