Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl says Frank Lampard needs to adapt Chelsea’s style in order to get Timo Werner firing.
Chelsea invested heavily in Werner in the summer after agreeing to pay his £45m release clause at RB Leipzig. The Blues also handed the German forward a five-year deal on a reported £9m a season.
So far the 24-year-old, after looking bright early on, as repaid that investment with four goals in 18 Premier League games. But more worryingly he has only scored once in his last 14 appearances in all competitions and that was against Morecambe.
Frank Lampard has admitted Werner is low on confidence. And Stuttgart-born player looked like a shadow of the man who banged in 34 goals for the Germans last season, in the recent 1-0 win over Fulham.
Indeed, on a Blues counter-attack, he went in one-on-one with Cottagers goalkeeper Alphonse Areola. However, he curled his shot wide of the post and Lampard felt gutted for his striker.
And Hasenhuttl, who managed Werner at RB Leipzig, says the player needs to be played in his ‘best position’.
“I know Timo very well and I have seen him in situations where he was not good,” said Hasenhuttl, cited in the Metro.
“Most of the time when I have seen this is because of the reason that the game doesn’t fit to him. The team didn’t play in the way he can bring his best on the pitch, I think.
“He is definitely a player where you have to adapt your game on him. If you do this, he will give you everything you need from a striker. But therefore, he has some qualities you really have to focus on.
“The good thing for him, I think at Leipzig, when I was there, is we concentrated completely on his qualities.
“With our quick transitions after winning the ball, it was perfect for our game. But also when he was with Julian [Nagelsmann], he was also scoring a lot of goals.
Lampard: ‘Work to do with Werner’
“But yeah, you really need to bring him into his best position so he can bring his strength on the pitch and then, for me, he is one of the best strikers in Europe,” added Hasenhuttl, who has Saints level on points with Chelsea in the Premier League.
Speaking ahead of Tuesday’s trip to Leicester Lampard admitted he needs to lift Werner.
“All players will experience it in their career. All eyes are on and it becomes magnified. I need to work with him on it,” said the Blues boss.
“I’m not comparing him to anybody. Everybody is different, (Fernando) Torres had difficult times here but won the Champions League. All we need to do is create the best environment to get the best out of Timo.
“You must repeat, keep working and he needs to keep his head down and focus, I need to give him positivity.”