Timo Werner has endured huge criticism this season but he’s managed to equal a record held by former blues star Eden Hazard in Chelsea’s victory over Fulham on Saturday.
The German attacker has come under fire on several occasions this campaign for missing easy opportunities, the most recent of which came in the 1-1 draw with Real Madrid in the Champions League.
Werner failed to get a goal once again this weekend but he was lively throughout the derby and he did provide the assist for Kai Havertz’s second goal in Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Fulham.
And in doing so Werner registered his 10th assist in all competitions for Chelsea this campaign, which means he is now in double figures on both goals and assists for the season so far.
And the last Chelsea player to manage that feat in their debut campaign at the club was Eden Hazard in the 2012-13 season.
‘Timo was involved in many chances, Mason [Mount] was outstanding and always involved,’ Thomas Tuchel said after Chelsea’s win.
‘Kai played double striker with Timo and the two had a good connection and were always dangerous. There is still a lot to improve but another good performance. We need him [Havertz] spot on to achieve our goals.
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‘There are many reasons to maybe talk about why it is a difficult situation [for Havertz in his first season in England] but in the end you are responsible for yourself and he is. He must adapt as quick as possible. That is what he is doing and that is what we demand of him.’
With their win over Fulham, Chelsea have now tightened their grip on securing a top-four finish in the Premier League this season.
Tuchel’s side are now six points clear of fifth-placed West Ham and are just two points behind third-placed Leicester City, who they are set to play on May 19.