Misfiring Timo Werner must not be compared to Chelsea flop Fernando Torres, says Frank Lampard
Almost 10 years after Fernando Torres failed to live up to expectations after moving to Chelsea from Liverpool, Timo Werner, a summer signing from RB Leipzig, has suffered similar struggles in west London. However, manager Frank Lampard, who played alongside Torres, says history is not repeating itself and wanred against making comparisons.
Timo Werner of Chelsea in action during the Premier League match between Fulham and Chelsea at Craven Cottage on January 16, 2021 in London, United Kingdom. Sporting stadiums around England remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic
New signing Timo Werner should not be compared to former Chelsea striker Fernando Torres and the Germany forward must be given the best environment to flourish at the London club, manager Frank Lampard said on Monday.
Werner, who joined Chelsea from Bundesliga club RB Leipzig in the close season for around €050 million, has not scored in his last 10 Premier League appearances.
Torres also endured similar struggles after his high-profile move from Liverpool in 2011 and Lampard said he will work with the misfiring Werner, who is struggling for confidence after a bright start to the season.
"I'm not comparing him to anybody," Lampard told reporters before Tuesday's game at third-placed Leicester City. "Everybody is different, Torres had difficult times here but won the Champions League.
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"All we need to do is create the best environment to get the best out of Timo. You must repeat, keep working and he needs to keep his head down and focus, I need to give him positivity.
"When you are a top player, as Timo has shown he is, is when all eyes are on and it becomes magnified but the basics are the same and my job is to tell him that and work with him on it."
Chelsea moved up to seventh in the league standings with a victory at Fulham last weekend and Lampard's side will look to build on the result against Brendan Rodgers' Leicester, who the English manager described as title contenders.
Lampard: Timo Werner has 'shown he is a top player'