Berlin (dpa) – National striker Timo Werner received extra credit after his first goal for his new club FC Chelsea.
“I am thrilled to have him on the team. He showed some of the qualities I know he has,” coach Frank Lampard told the club’s own broadcaster.
24-year-old Werner, who moved to the English Premier League in the summer after four years at Bundesliga club RB Leipzig, had put Chelsea ahead after four minutes in the first test match (1-1) against Brighton & Hove Albion. “I found Timo focused and smart in the way he played. I think his workload and everything around it was a great first step for him,” said club legend Lampard (42).
Werner had scored 28 Bundesliga goals as the best German striker in the preseason. The expectations of him in England are high. “Werner is expected to be one of Chelsea’s top scorers and he has set his first scent mark,” The Mirror wrote.
Werner himself reacted cautiously but optimistically to his first goal. “Good start, hopefully many goals in the first place”, he tweeted. His ex-colleague from Leipzig, Peter Gulacsi, believes in Werner. “The playing style is a bit more difficult and emotional there. But if he can repeat his goal quota in Leipzig, he will quickly become a fan favorite at Stamford Bridge,” said Hungarian national goalkeeper Bild.