Timo Werner endured a difficult debut campaign as a Chelsea player.
The German frontman was signed from Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig with lofty expectations, having notched 34 goals and 13 assists across all competitions during his last season with Julian Nagelsmann’s side.
However, the 25-year-old has struggled in front of goal during his time at the Blues so far, scoring just six league goals last term despite registering a whopping 13.43 xG (expected goals), illustrating his inconsistent finishing.
Werner still recorded 15 assists in all competitions for the west Londoners, showing flashes of the exceptional attacking movement that he possesses when at his best during Chelsea’s second-ever UEFA Champions League triumph, netting against Spanish giants Real Madrid in the semi-final before causing Manchester City’s defence plenty of problems in May’s final.
Despite his hard work and never-say-die attitude, the pacey forward received abuse on Wednesday from one Blues’ fan during an open training session that was held at Stamford Bridge.
A large section of the Chelsea fanbase then took to social media to voice their support for Werner, something that he thanked via a post on Twitter that read: “Thanks for all the love and support I received today, Blues Fans! Really appreciate it.”
The former Stuttgart striker opened up on his struggles last season, admitting that his confidence and subsequently form dipped after receiving considerable criticism from sections of the media.
“I think the most important thing in football is to keep your mentality up, keep your head clean from outside”, he told the club’s website earlier this month.
“The media is getting bigger and bigger nowadays. Of course, when you play good you are the hero everywhere, but when you play badly it is a totally different story.
“You have to step away from that and concentrate on your football. It’s not always easy because you have media on your phone, media always around you which can bring something up you can see, but you have to be straight, in your own bubble, to think only about the football.
“It’s also important to always have people around you who help you and give you strength to go on.
“Also, in the good moments they can bring you down a little bit, so you don’t think you are the hero. So they stop you in the good moments, and lift you up during the bad ones.”