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Summer signing Timo Werner seems to have lost his goalscoring touch since the start of November, as his goals have since dried up.
The German international was taken off at half-time in Chelsea’s 3-1 defeat to Arsenal on Boxing Day and was left out of the starting team that played Aston Villa on Monday.
Werner has now gone 11 games without scoring a goal and he has been accused of missing easy chances.
Premier League legend Alan Shearer, who has the record of most goals scored in the Premier League has advised Werner to take more penalties to boost his confidence and also go back to the basics of working on his finishing in training.
“He can’t knock on the manager’s door and say he should be starting matches, because when you look at the chances he’s missing, he doesn’t deserve to,” Shearer wrote in his column for The Athletic.
“History suggests it’s not going to last and it can’t do, both for his sake and Frank Lampard’s sake. It has to change.
“If I was Werner, I would be straining for the ball every time Chelsea are awarded a penalty.
“It’s such a great opportunity to get up and running again. You’d be amazed what it does to you, that feeling of seeing the ball hit the net. You grow two feet taller instantly.
“On the training pitch, I’d be doubling down on work. I would get someone to knock balls into me from little angles, just behind the goal.
‘I’d stand five or six yards out and just roll shots into an empty net. Maybe that sounds simplistic, but I’d do it time and time again, just to build my confidence up. Then I’d bring in a keeper — a first-teamer wouldn’t do it, so I’d rope in someone from the youth team — and do the same thing.
“It’s about repetition, repetition, repetition. ‘Practice makes permanent,’ as Sir Bobby Robson, my old manager at Newcastle United, used to say. The next time the ball comes to you in a match, that repetition kicks in.”