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Timo Werner joins long list of underwhelming star strikers at the Bridge

Timo Werner’s addition to the Chelsea squad last summer meant that Frank Lampard had landed a forward with a reputation for being a clinical finisher. The German attacker scored 95 goals in his time with RB Leipzig, pushing the outfit to put up competition to Bayern Munich for the Bundesliga title.

Werner’s exploits for the German outfit meant that he departed the club as their top scorer in history, looking for greener pastures in West London. Werner’s challenge was not an easy one though, as his new club already had a lot of history with misfiring star strikers.

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The tricky transition to the Premier League from the Bundesliga overwhelmed Werner, as he has managed to score only five goals in 28 league appearances. Werner struggled to find the composure to clinically convert in front of goal, something he developed a reputation for during his time at Leipzig.

The 25-year-old went through the worst scoring drought of his senior career when he did not register on the score sheet for 100 consecutive days, as his woes ensured that Lampard’s job was under intense scrutiny after a summer that saw Chelsea splash the big bucks.

Werner’s troubles pinnacled when he missed from the spot against Luton Town in the fourth round of the FA Cup, as Lampard was sacked shortly – and was replaced by the forward’s compatriot Thomas Tuchel.

Tuchel’s appointment saw Werner ending his drought with a strike against Newcastle United, but he has continued to struggle with his finishing. His lack of incision in front of goal was proved in a shocking miss against North Macedonia last night. Germany lost the match 2-1, as Werner failed to convert into an empty net from six yards out.

It has not been the best of first seasons for Werner in Chelsea colours, as he joins a long list of forwards who have struggled at the English capital despite fans having a lot of expectations from them.

While Claudio Ranieri brought Hernan Crespo on board, Jose Mourinho went on to sign Adrian Mutu, Mateja Kezman, Andriy Shevchenko and Claudio Pizarro in his first spell at the club – while the likes of Demba Ba, Loic Remy and Radamel Falcao followed in the next few seasons.

Alexandre Pato, Michy Batshuayi and Gonzalo Higuain also make the list for underwhelming star strikers to have turned out for the club, none of whom ever succeeded in justifying their price tags or the expectations and excitement surrounding the move.

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By Sagarneel Chakraborty

Living and breathing everything regarding the beautiful game for a decade. Avid follower of all things football, with a soft corner for the Blues.

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