The Premier League, due to its competitive nature, is considered by
many, the best league in the world. It has its unique set of challenges- a lot more physicality compared to other European leagues, two domestic cup competitions leading to more matches for the teams involved and an extremely hectic set of fixtures around the holiday season.
We have officially entered that period. Chelsea play a whopping 12 matches in the next 45 days. Though this steady dosage of football is amazing for us fans, it pushes the players to the very edge of their physical limits.
The aforementioned reasons make the PL a difficult league for all the new signings and several take time to settle. Our new German striker Timo Werner however, has hit the ground running, with eight goals and four assists in fifteen matches in all competitions. We know he isn’t near his best yet, as we have seen glimpses of his quality on some occasions this season (flashback to the first goal against the Saints).
Werner’s game depends a lot on his explosiveness and his ability to finish
clinically, both of which are directly linked to sharpness. With Lampard not trusting Hudson-Odoi just yet and an unfortunate injury to Pulisic, Werner has started consistently on the left wing. Hudson-Odoi has been used primarily on the right wing too, which has led Werner to play a lot more minutes than ideal. He has started every PL and UCL match, the Carabao Cup tie against Spurs and has featured for Germany in all of their Nations League matches except one.
We need squad depth to navigate through this congested period and cannot
afford an injury to our spearhead because of cumulative fatigue.
So when can Lampard give Timo a break? His pace will be very important to
exploit the open spaces in a very good but expansive Leeds side. Keeping this in mind, Lampard will look to manage his minutes against Sevilla. He may be rested entirely for our final UCL game against Krasnodar at home. I do not want to jinx it, but an injury free Timo would be near if not at the top of goal scoring charts, come the end of the season. Exciting times for us blues! KTBFFH!
Written by- Ankur Sapra (@Sapience91)
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