Disputed, dismissed, but Timo Werner has equaled Hazard's impressive debut season record

Disputed, dismissed, but Timo Werner has equaled Hazard's impressive debut season record

Timo Werner has been having a harsh season following his €53,000,000 move to Chelsea this season, as the German striker missed on several must-score chances. His failures have gone viral, his mentality has been questioned for months now, yet the 25-year-old has managed to gather some optimistic stats. Even equal a record made by the last Chelsea superstar Eden Hazard.

With 11 goals and 10 assists made in all competitions for Chelsea, Werner is the first Chelsea player to record double digits for both goals and assists in his debut season since Hazard in the 2012/2013 campaign.

Transfermarkt will have Christian Pulici at 11 goals and 10 assists last season because they count the penalties made on a player as assists. With that in mind, they have Werner at 11 goals and 13 assists this season already.

Werner's last assist came against Fulham, as he made Kai Havertz score his second, resulting in praise from Thomas Tuchel.

"Timo was involved in many chances. Kai played double striker with Timo and the two had a good connection and were always dangerous. There is still a lot to improve but another good performance," said Tuchel.

Kai Havertz is not far removed from equalling the double-digits record himself as he has eight goals and eight assists according to Transfermarkt.

Even a former world-class defender Ashley Cole believes that the German forward centre Werner is underappreciated.

"I really think he is underrated. Yes, he’s missed some big chances and some big opportunities but as a coach and a manager you look at whether players are getting into the right spots. The way Thomas Tuchel wants to play and sets the team up, he’s pivotal in that with the way he runs into space and creates space for players like Mount."

Stats back Cole's claim and Werner's performances. Looking at the Premier League alone, he dwarves the chance creation of Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud. He played the most, sure, with 2,243 minutes on the pitch. While Tammy has 1,020 and the Frenchman 721, yet Timo made 28 chances, while his striking colleagues have 15 together. Six from Giroud and nine from Abraham.


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