'Isn't the first time': BBC pundit shares what he's spotted Werner keeps on doing

Sam Preston December 1, 2020
'Isn't the first time': BBC pundit shares what he's spotted Werner keeps on doing
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BBC pundit Pat Nevin has noticed Timo Werner get caught offside on a number of occasions this season.

He told Chelsea’s official website that the marginal offside call against Tottenham on Sunday wasn’t the first which has gone against Werner in a blue shirt.

Nevin said he’s not concerned though, and feels if Werner keeps making those runs, goals will come.

Werner has seven goals in 15 appearances for Chelsea since his arrival from RB Leipzig.


 “The feeling after the Spurs game was ‘so near yet so..near’,” said Nevin. “When I say so near, I am looking specifically at the opportunities we were centimetres away from converting.

“In the first half Timo Werner was just a smidge offside before pinging the ball into the net off the back post.

“This isn’t the first time he has had a goal chalked off, but I am not sure it is always the German’s fault for ‘straying’ into that position.

“He moves so quickly that there only is a split second to play the ball and there is no way he can check his run. This is not a concern. If he keeps doing that then the goals will keep on coming.”

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Going at a shade under a goal every two games isn’t bad for a striker who’s new to the Premier League.

But it’s not the standard many might have expected from Werner when he arrived.

Nevin clearly feels there’s more to come, and he could’ve had a couple more goals if the timing of his run was better.

Perhaps that will come with getting used to his new teammates and when they’re going to play the pass.

He always plays on the shoulder, and that will see him come out on the wrong side of fine margins at times, especially in the VAR era. But if he keeps making the runs, the goals should follow.

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Sam Preston a senior football writer for the Boot Room and United in Focus. He is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist with five years of professional experience writing digital content. He studied with the Press Association and also has a 2:1 Law with French Law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Burnley, Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.