Rotation aside, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has largely kept faith with Werner despite his minimal goals return this season.
His movement and pace caused West Ham problems on Saturday, and his first-half strike was a glimpse of why the club were so keen to land him from RB Leipzig following his 34 goals for the Bundesliga club last season.
Everyone connected with Chelsea will now hope Werner can continue to find his feet, with a two-legged Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid sandwiching a London derby against Fulham and followed by huge games against Manchester City and Arsenal.
Chelsea’s success since Tuchel took charge has been built on solid defence, and so it proved again on Saturday as they shut out West Ham following Werner’s opener.
But if Werner can nail his finishing and start to produce the goods on a more regular basis, the Stamford Bridge side’s steady progression could see them become ever more genuine challengers for the top titles both domestically and in Europe.
Published at Sat, 24 Apr 2021 18:20:00 +0000