Chelsea boss Lampard insists Timo Werner problem is ‘normal’ after Fulham miss

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard said Timo Werner's wayward shooting against Fulham was 'normal' for a striker after such a long goal drought.

Werner was benched against Fulham after going nine games without a Premier League goal – and he missed a glorious chance to end his dry spell.

After coming on as a late sub, the German striker was clean through on Cottagers keeper Alphonse Areola as Chelsea counter-attacked late on, but fired his shot wide.

Werner did score in last weekend's FA Cup win over Morecambe, and Lampard backed his £47million summer signing to find his shooting boots in the top flight before too long.

Asked if the 24-year-old was short of confidence, Lampard said: “I don’t know. I think it’s normal if you don’t score as regularly as you want.

“He scored last week in the FA Cup but those are goals I've seen him score many a time."

Of the missed chance, the Chelsea boss said: “That’s his bread and butter, going through like that and scoring, but it happens so he has to just keep working."

Former Chelsea midfielder Lampard is the West London club's all-time record goalscorer having netted 211 times during his 13 years at Stamford Bridge.

And he said the best advice he could give Werner was to keep getting in the right positions and keep trying.

“It’s the only way out of it," he said. "We’ve all been there if you a goalscorer or a striker, everyone will say the same – get back on the training pitch, pleased you’re getting in there.

“Go again, go again and it will go in for him because he’s high quality.

“I was delighted to see him get through, he likes to get in those positions, and he will score.”

Chelsea beat Fulham 1-0 thanks to a goal from Mason Mount as Lampard's side moved up to seventh in the table, three points off the top four.

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