The first season of Werner’s Chelsea career did not go to plan, with the German scoring just 12 goals in all competitions, but the striker is showing signs that he has finally settled
Though Blues boss Thomas Tuchel selected a team mainly made up of second stringers and bench warmers, he was also able to find what could be a welcome boost to his side’s title bid.
The Blues are among the highest scorers in the league at this early stage of the campaign, with Romelu Lukaku having found the back of the net three times in four games.
But it is unrealistic for the Belgian striker to continue that form in every outing he makes, despite his club record fee.
One of Tuchel’s biggest problems last term was finding a solution when his team encountered problems going forward.
Timo Werner was the main striker for much of that campaign, featuring 52 times in all competitions for the Blues.
Despite the excitement around his arrival from RB Leipzig though, Werner was unable to replicate his Bundesliga form in England.
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He scored just 12 goals, with only six of those coming in the Premier League, far below what is expected of a leading frontman.
But even though Werner was so clearly struggling to settle into life in England, Tuchel had little alternative but to play him.
He could have called on Tammy Abraham, but the Englishman was unable to impress the German enough to be handed playing time.
That left Kai Havertz as the only alternative in the central role up front, though the 22-year-old is better placed when playing in one of the two spots behind the striker in Tuchel’s system.
In an effort to kickstart their goalscoring, Chelsea brought in Lukaku from Inter Milan over the summer.
That move is clearly working out better than expected, with the Belgian enjoying life back at Stamford Bridge.
And Werner has now proven to Tuchel that he can provide the plan B that was missing last year, if Lukaku is injured or has a game in which he struggles.
Werner was handed the start through the middle against Villa on Wednesday and put in an impressive display.
Having notched an assist in the comfortable win over Tottenham, Werner was lively against Dean Smith’s side, creating space and making good runs.
He capped his performance with his first Chelsea goal for 11 matches when he headed in Reece James’ cross nine minutes into the second-half.
It follows on from an international break in which the striker scored three goals in three games for Germany.
The signs are there that Werner has finally settled into life at the Blues and that revival can hand Tuchel a crucial plan B for his side’s title challenge this season, a much welcome boost.