Ian Wright is confident Timo Werner will find his goalscoring touch for Chelsea if he continues to work in training so the “muscle memory” is there on matchdays.
Werner scored eight goals in his opening 12 games for the Blues, but the £47million summer signing has fired a blank in his last ten Premier League games and started on the bench in the 1-0 win over Fulham on Saturday.
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Mason Mount scored the goal to save Frank Lampard’s blushes but Werner’s frustrations continued as he missed a gilt-edged chance having been introduced in the second half.
And Wright told Match of the Day he did “everything right” before his wayward finish.
“I was willing him to score this because he looks like one of those strikers that once he gets going, he really does,” Wright said.
“He does literally everything right here but when he gets to the end, it’s almost behind him a little bit.
“It’s almost like in golf, he’s blocked it. The ball needs to be a little more in front of him so he can get that whip on it and unfortunately, up until that point, he had done everything right.
“It’s just unfortunate that he got too much on it and it went wide but hopefully he’ll keep going and he’ll get his goals.”
Asked what he used to do during bad spells in front of goal, Wright replied: “I just kept trying to score in training because if you do that, then the muscle memory will be there in the game.
“Obviously the crowd come in and you do get a few nerves… but I didn’t really! [laughs]”
Speaking after Chelsea’s victory, Frank Lampard said he was confident Werner’s goals would come.
“I don’t know, I think it’s normal, I think if you don’t score as regularly as you want, he scored last week in the FA Cup,” Lampard told Sky Sports.
“But those are goals I’ve seen him score many a time. His bread and butter is going through like that and scoring and it happens.
“He has to just keep working, it’s the only way out of it.
“We’ve all been there if you’re a goalscorer or a striker, everyone will say the same, get back on the training pitch, [be] pleased you’re getting in there, go again.
“It’ll go in for him because he’s high quality.
“I was delighted to see him to get through [on goal], he likes to be in those positions, we’re getting him in positions there when he came on and he will score.”