Four games into his Premier League journey with Chelsea, there have been glimpses of why Timo Werner can be so dangerous.
But that first Premier League goal has eluded Werner thus far.
There is no cause for alarm.
Werner never went more than four Bundesliga games without scoring last season. He would have liked to take a penalty.
There will be a certain irony if Werner’s start to life at Chelsea comes to be deemed as slow – and not just because he is one of the quickest players around.
It is the fact that he cut short his time at RB Leipzig partly in the hope of ensuring he could hit the ground running.
Werner offered some insight recently in conversation with German journalist Raphael Honigstein when outlining his reasons for choosing Chelsea. It seems that it was a discussion with Frank Lampard regarding his role on the pitch that helped to convince him to join.
“He said, ‘Timo, you will be free to make the right moves on the pitch, I trust you.’ It was a very good conversation.” Rather than detailing a specific position, Werner was drawn in by this idea that he would be trusted to roam around the pitch in search of space.
Lampard told him that he would be free “to make central runs from any vantage point or go wide or change positions” however the player saw fit. No fixed formation, no fixed role.
Werner scored more goals from fast breaks than any player in Germany last season.
In the right environment, Werner has shown that he can be devastating. The challenge now is for Chelsea to create that environment.