Lampard criticises Werner and promises Chelsea teammate role vs Aston Villa

Frank Lampard criticised Timo Werner’s performance after Chelsea’s defeat to Arsenal while confirming Callum Hudson-Odoi will start the next game against Aston Villa.

Werner started on the left of the Blues’ front three at the Emirates, despite having not scored in any of his last nine games for Chelsea.

The German forward did little for his side during the Boxing Day London derby, with Lampard deciding to haul him off at half-time.

Hudson-Odoi came on in his place and impressed enough to earn himself a role in Chelsea’s next match, as Lampard admitted his disappointment with Werner’s contribution.

Asked whether Werner was in need of a rest, Lampard replied: “We’ll see.”

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Before adding: “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 (Jorginho also came on for Mateo Kovacic) 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.”

Chelsea were already two behind when Lampard threw on Hudson-Odoi and Jorginho, following Alexandre Lacazette’s penalty and Granit Xhaka’s stunning free-kick.

That deficit soon stretched to three after Bukayo Saka’s goal before the hour mark left Chelsea sinking without trace.

The visitors mounted a late fightback, though, as Hudson-Odoi crossed for Tammy Abraham to score, before Jorginho had an injury-time penalty saved by Bernd Leno.

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Callum Hudson-Odoi did well off the bench to ensure himself a starting berth vs Villa
Callum Hudson-Odoi did well off the bench to ensure himself a starting berth vs Villa

Despite the defeat, Lampard was still enthused by Hudson-Odoi’s display and is keen to get the winger more involved.

“Callum did really well,” Lampard told Chelsea TV. “And I hope people’s eyes aren’t drawn to Jorgi’s penalty because Jorginho also offered a lot when he came on in terms of driving the game and getting on the ball more.

“Callum was fantastic with his energy. That’s what we absolutely needed.

“That’s why he’ll play in the next game and if Callum plays like that he can be a serious player.”

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