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Ex-Chelsea star explains how Lampard never lost faith in Werner

Frank Lampard, Timo Werner, Chelsea
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The Blues striker justified Lampard’s faith by ending his 12-match scoring drought last time out for the manager.

Pat Nevin suggests Timo Werner’s ability to get himself into the right positions, even during his dry spell in front of goal, and his never-ending hunger to score allowed him to stay in favor with Frank Lampard.

Questions were raised over Chelsea’s €53m summer signing following a barren run of form. Werner struggled to live up to his price tag, going 12 games without a goal in all competitions from early November until Sunday.

But in an FA Cup third-round tie with Morecambe, the 24-year-old silenced his critics by scoring Chelsea’s second goal in a 4-0 routing.

“Timo Werner has been getting into the right positions all the way through his recent barren run in front of goal, and that would have given his boss some relief and belief,” former Blues winger Nevin told the club’s website.

“Real strikers never hide, they are always hungry and they invariably believe that the next chance will be taken and that it will also be the first in the next good scoring run.

“Timo’s goal was particularly heartening, as it was a move we have already seen before, but we will also expect to see much more often as the months and years go by. “