After a 16th goal was disallowed by VAR, Timo Werner finally ended his six-month Premier League goal drought…his performance showed exactly why Chelsea paid £47million for him
He was buried among his teammates, but you wouldn’t have blamed Timo Werner for sneaking a peek at referee Martin Atkinson’s moves.
In the 84th minute, he had just ended the six-month drought in the Premier League, won this game for Chelsea and sent the club to bed after a bad week with three crucial points remaining to reach the top.
But the German knows better than to go overboard during the celebrations.
In the first half, Werner saw a goal disallowed for the 16th time when he played for Chelsea – which he has been doing for just over a year.
Timo Werner put Chelsea ahead with six minutes to go as the Blues beat 10-man Southampton
Faced with such a record, opposition goalkeeper Alex McCarthy in good form and a claim from his manager this week that his concerns about playing time were not worth considering, many players may not have been as willing to hold out as Werner.
And yet, despite being relegated to the flank again to make way for record signing Romelu Lukaku, he was Chelsea’s most potent threat against Southampton, taking three shots in the first half before ending his nearly weekly battle with Stockley Park in the 41st minute. meant. -range header disallowed for a foul by Cesar Azpilicueta long back in the build-up.
Of the 16 goals destroyed, this is perhaps a little more than most stalled.
The big screen at Stamford Bridge signaled that a possible build-up error was being checked, leaving most of the 40,000 in attendance stunned.
Werner had a goal disallowed in the first half, the 16th goal he had written off for Chelsea
The German in the 84th minute was his first Premier League goal in six months.
Werner’s goal set the Blues on course for a 3-1 win that pushed to the top of the table
By Werner, when he jumped? By Lukaku if he challenged from the first cross? Nope, referee Martin Atkinson’s eyes were further drawn to what appeared to be a fairly harmless challenge to Kyle Walker-Peters by Azpilicueta.
Despite it happening long before Werner finally turned into the net and was little more involved than contact with the regulations, Atkinson reversed his decision and awarded Southampton a free kick.
Where would 16 extra goals leave Werner?
Not begging for first-team action, that’s for sure. Instead of one in five for Chelsea, his scoring record would be one in two.
Thomas Tuchel saw his Chelsea side move two points more than Liverpool at the top of the table
The German will have been happy with how Chelsea recovered from successive losses
And no attacker, even with Chelsea’s competition for places up front, would spend much time on the bench in that form.
Undeterred, he was rejected two more attempts by the brilliant McCarthy. It was a perfect reminder from Werner of why Chelsea paid £47million for him before the start of last season, an all-encompassing display that saw him constantly running the ball at Walker-Peters and having the misfortune of not hitting the net more often had found.
When Southampton clung to another point, Werner’s moment finally came.
Infield shifted by Thomas Tuchel as Chelsea chased a winner against 10 men, he lurked on the six-yard line when Ross Barkley fired a pass behind Southampton left-back Kyle Walker-Peters.
Cesar Azpilicueta reached it, square to Werner and he couldn’t miss. While his teammates harassed him, he was able to relax. His most frequent opponent had completed the check and the goal was given.