Timo Werner’s Chelsea career sparked into life against Southampton on Saturday.
The German international got his first Premier League goal, swiftly followed by another, against the Saints.
He even turned provider for Kai Havertz’s goal, and showcased his speed and dynamism throughout.
Werner’s performance will have pleased Frank Lampard, who will likely be more concerned about his defence.
The Blues twice threw away a lead to draw the match 3-3, which not many would have seen coming during a first half in which they were cruising.
There was plenty of excitement around Chelsea’s summer spending – and how lavish it was in a market which was supposed to have been deflated by the global situation.
That said, former Blues striker Tony Cascarino, writing for the Times, feels that Werner represents a real bargain for Lampard.
At a reported £47.5 million, Werner certainly wasn’t cheap but if he can keep firing in the goals, he will soon look like very good value for money.
“Timo Werner is a departure for Chelsea in terms of the profile of their strikers,” said Cascarino.
“In the Roman Abramovich era they have typically bought strong, robust forwards with aerial prowess to lead the line such as Didier Drogba, Olivier Giroud and Diego Costa.
” In Werner, they have a dynamo who loves to run in behind and thrives in one-on-one situations.
“We saw his full potential with his two goals against Southampton and his performance only underlines the fact that, at £47.5 million, Chelsea have got a serious bargain.”
Now Lampard’s top hitman is finally firing, it’s down to him to fix the persistent problems at the back.