Thomas Tuchel has defended Timo Werner’s goal-scoring issues at Chelsea in his debut season. The German argues that many high-scoring goal-scorers in Europe have been helped with penalty goals.
When asked about his thoughts on Timo Werner’s lack of goals in his debut Chelsea campaign, Tuchel said: “Don’t forget how many goalscorers in Europe shoot penalties for their team and it’s common that they reach their high numbers with penalties.
“If we add the penalties we’ve had to his numbers, maybe everybody would be delighted with his first year. He hasn’t scored penalties, he doesn’t take them. We should consider that.
“If we let Timo take all the penalties he could have had another 10 goals. And then we’d be having a very different discussion with the exact same performance. A lot of top scorers in Europe use penalties to improve their numbers. That’s not Timo.”
Meanwhile, Timo Werner has scored only 6 goals in the Premier League this season but has 8 assists – creating a lot for the Blues. The German forward himself termed the 2020-21 campaign as his ‘unluckiest’ yet after witnessing so many goals ruled out by VAR in the Premier League.