Lampard slammed for destroying Timo Werner’s confidence

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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has been accused of destroying Timo Werner’s confidence after criticising the German’s work on and off the ball following the defeat to Arsenal.

Darren Bent told TalkSPORT: “We know how good Timo Werner is and how good he can be; we’ve seen it in flashes this season.

“But when your manager comes out and questions your work-rate off the field, because that’s what he’s alluding to, not giving them enough goal threat when they’ve got the ball, but when they’ve not got the ball, he was obviously talking about work-rate, shutting people down, working hard for the team.

“So when you do hear that and you’re a new player, your confidence is going to be low.

“As a centre-forward it’s probably one of the easiest positions on the pitch to come out of a slump because you score a goal and everything is forgotten about.

“But the longer he goes on this goal drought and I’m sure at some stage he’s going to be out of the team, the longer that goes on, the more you’re going to lose him.

“So I like Werner and I think he is a very good player, but I don’t think he’s a natural goalscorer – I’ve said that before.

“But because of his movement and his pace, he will always get the opportunities to score goals.”

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