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2 hours ago, NikkiCFC said:

Bamford missed two sitters tonight so he overcome Timo again 😔

Big chances missed PL this season:

1. Bamford 17

2. Werner 16

Is this a contest to you? đŸ€Ł

The xG numbers paint a slightly different story to the stats above, especially for Bamford. Bamford's league xG for the season is 13.92 and with 13 goals scored, he's pretty much matching it one way or another. Werner, of course, is underperforming by at least 5 goals because his xG is 9.72 but he's scored only 5 goals.

2 hours ago, NikkiCFC said:

Morata in 17/18 season 11 goals and 17 big chances missed. So almost 40% conversation rate. Sorry Timo but you are the worst...

Hard to argue with the numbers if you just throw them out like that but the funny thing is, Morata's trajectory back then isn't too different from Werner's right now. Morata started with 9 goals in his first 14 Premier League appearances and then scored only 2 more goals in his remaining 17 appearances that season. Werner started with 4 goals in his first 8 Premier League appearances and then scored just 1 goal in the subsequent 19 appearances. 

As pointed out by @MoroccanBlue, think people have genuinely forgotten how awful Morata got after his bright start at the club, how awful he became when things started to go against him. He was spending more time on the ground, complaining about refereeing decisions, bitching about everything else than getting at the end of chances, never mind missing or scoring them. Werner, for all his stupid brainfart in front of goal, at least still keeps going, still tries to make a difference via other means even if he's not scoring (hasn't hit a consistent level in terms of performances yet but that's another debate). The saving grace with the big chances missed stat you pointed out is that Werner has a lot of them and that he would eventually find the composure, that clinical edge to convert most of them, hopefully sooner rather than later.

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Really taking the piss now 

Werner has never been the most clinical of players. Last season in the Bundesliga he recorded 20 big chances missed, only second to Lewandowski at 24. That said, it comes with the territory. He's

he has a real mentality off the field but also different level on it. Hard doesn't faze him, but he's a killer, he is going to get tons of goals this season.

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5 hours ago, Jason said:

Is this a contest to you? đŸ€Ł

The xG numbers paint a slightly different story to the stats above, especially for Bamford. Bamford's league xG for the season is 13.92 and with 13 goals scored, he's pretty much matching it one way or another. Werner, of course, is underperforming by at least 5 goals because his xG is 9.72 but he's scored only 5 goals.

Hard to argue with the numbers if you just throw them out like that but the funny thing is, Morata's trajectory back then isn't too different from Werner's right now. Morata started with 9 goals in his first 14 Premier League appearances and then scored only 2 more goals in his remaining 17 appearances that season. Werner started with 4 goals in his first 8 Premier League appearances and then scored just 1 goal in the subsequent 19 appearances. 

As pointed out by @MoroccanBlue, think people have genuinely forgotten how awful Morata got after his bright start at the club, how awful he became when things started to go against him. He was spending more time on the ground, complaining about refereeing decisions, bitching about everything else than getting at the end of chances, never mind missing or scoring them. Werner, for all his stupid brainfart in front of goal, at least still keeps going, still tries to make a difference via other means even if he's not scoring (hasn't hit a consistent level in terms of performances yet but that's another debate). The saving grace with the big chances missed stat you pointed out is that Werner has a lot of them and that he would eventually find the composure, that clinical edge to convert most of them, hopefully sooner rather than later.

Morata declined after a pretty decent and consistent 4 months tbf though where he hit the back of the net consistently. I get its not fair to compare the two players as they are different sorts of strikers but ultimately, in the first 4 months even without the goals Morata’s profile and technical skillset gave the team a lot more as any player with that more varied skillset would. Watch that game v Man United where Morata was excellent and then also the game v Stoke where he scored a hattrick. His all round play was excellent. 

One thing that I think Timo has that is similar to Morata though is that I cant help the feeling that we cannot solely be reliant on him as our main goalscorer. Like Leipzig were. The evidence is there. I don’t know if its a pressure thing or what but he’s going to miss big chances, as someone already pointed out which means we need a top CF who can be reliable every week. He wont get as many clear cut ones as he did in the Bundesliga either as the games are a bit more competitive here and teams tend to sit off us a lot more than RB Leipzig.

Obviously Haaland is the pipe dream but difficult. Alternatives need to be found. I mean after those first 14 games I am sure everyone felt that we were overly reliant on Morata already when he came in and needed an alternative/another source of goals. And that was a team that had Hazard, Pedro and Fabregas who all were impressive the season  before but adding a regular and reliable goalscorer is paramount this summer.

The fouls things yes that was annoying to a different level with Morata but Werner is also prone to going down for “soft fouls”, when you’d hope he would realise that you have to be a bit stronger than that in the PL. Hopefully will come next season. I am a bit surprised because I would of hoped for someone coming from the Bundesliga he would of been anticipating it a bit more and expecting it. 

Stating that at least Werner “keeps going” is lowering the barometer a bit though. It shouldn’t be something that is by choice and when players aren’t playing well most of them, they tend to keep trying, although this can lead to them over complicating simple things etc so it doesn’t necessarily reflect or mean you will get quality either. When he doesn’t play well yes his running may open up space for others but his final ball is very meh and as we have alluded to before, can he be more aggressive in 1 v 1s if he’s playing odd that left side and create more openings? Or take men on? Also its clear Tuchel was very frustrated with him tactically v Everton, the positional thing that was heard and his general reaction to some of the chances he hasn’t converted already here, I wouldn’t say Tuchel will be fully satisfied with this notion that he at least “keeps trying” so I don’t know. 

All things being said Morata and Werner will have a pretty long combined sitters compilations video if anyone ever wants to make one 😂

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55 minutes ago, OneMoSalah said:

Morata declined after a pretty decent and consistent 4 months tbf though where he hit the back of the net consistently. I get its not fair to compare the two players as they are different sorts of strikers but ultimately, in the first 4 months even without the goals Morata’s profile and technical skillset gave the team a lot more as any player with that more varied skillset would. Watch that game v Man United where Morata was excellent and then also the game v Stoke where he scored a hattrick. His all round play was excellent. 

And yet, look what happened with him...

55 minutes ago, OneMoSalah said:

One thing that I think Timo has that is similar to Morata though is that I cant help the feeling that we cannot solely be reliant on him as our main goalscorer. Like Leipzig were. The evidence is there. I don’t know if its a pressure thing or what but he’s going to miss big chances, as someone already pointed out which means we need a top CF who can be reliable every week. He wont get as many clear cut ones as he did in the Bundesliga either as the games are a bit more competitive here and teams tend to sit off us a lot more than RB Leipzig.

Even if Werner had been clinical this season, we can't be reliant on him just to score the goals. No team that wants to be successful in the Premier League and even the Champions League can be reliant on just one main scorer. The fact that (a) Jorginho is our joint top scorer in the league with 6 penalty goals and (b) despite Werner missing chances for fun but is still our second top scorer in the league and third overall in the team in the team say it all.

55 minutes ago, OneMoSalah said:

The fouls things yes that was annoying to a different level with Morata but Werner is also prone to going down for “soft fouls”, when you’d hope he would realise that you have to be a bit stronger than that in the PL. Hopefully will come next season. I am a bit surprised because I would of hoped for someone coming from the Bundesliga he would of been anticipating it a bit more and expecting it. 

There's probably been one or two incidents but don't think there's been anything major or any frustrating moments with Werner on this.

55 minutes ago, OneMoSalah said:

Stating that at least Werner “keeps going” is lowering the barometer a bit though. It shouldn’t be something that is by choice and when players aren’t playing well most of them, they tend to keep trying, although this can lead to them over complicating simple things etc so it doesn’t necessarily reflect or mean you will get quality either. When he doesn’t play well yes his running may open up space for others but his final ball is very meh and as we have alluded to before, can he be more aggressive in 1 v 1s if he’s playing odd that left side and create more openings? Or take men on?

My point with that is at least he is still showing the right mindset, the right attitude to try and help the team even when things are going shit elsewhere for him. That's the basis for any player, no? Last thing we want from a player is the player just ghosting around and not doing anything at all if things are going shit in other aspects for him. And I brought this up because of the comparison others brought up with Morata and Torres. People seem to have forgotten how awful those two generally were once things started to go downhill for them. Otherwise, agree with the lack of consistency at the moment.

55 minutes ago, OneMoSalah said:

Also its clear Tuchel was very frustrated with him tactically v Everton, the positional thing that was heard and his general reaction to some of the chances he hasn’t converted already here, I wouldn’t say Tuchel will be fully satisfied with this notion that he at least “keeps trying” so I don’t know. 

As bad as it may look, Werner isn't the first player to get shouted at by the manager for not doing something right and won't be the last.

I don't know if you're just nit-picking at this point but how do you expect him to react to his missed chances? Scream in agony? Kick the post in anger? Punch the ground in frustration? I am no expert in how strikers are supposed to react when they miss chances but using normal life circumstance scenarios, I would say everyone has their own way when it comes to dealing with frustration, anger etc.

If Werner has been as hopeless as you're making him out to be, then I don't think Tuchel would have played him as much as he has or he would have subbed him off a lot more often. Sure, you can point to the likes of Ziyech, Pulisic not being in form but he could have easily given them the playing time to regain their form from the start if he wanted to. If Tuchel was really frustrated with Werner yesterday, he would have taken him off way earlier, way before the 90th minute.

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5 goals scored in 27 PL games, in which he started 95% of them, yet people still choose to defend him. If this was Tammy missing those chances, then they'd have a different tune.

P.S. I don't rate Tammy.

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I know its only headline sensationalism but talks of him quitting the club early are already surfacing... if the club were to perform a miracle and pull off the transfer of Haaland, I wouldn't be surprised if he looked at leaving.

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56 minutes ago, Azul said:

5 goals scored in 27 PL games, in which he started 95% of them, yet people still choose to defend him. If this was Tammy missing those chances, then they'd have a different tune.

P.S. I don't rate Tammy.

Look, scoring only 5 goals and missing all those chances in 20+ appearances are bad. Don't think anyone will disagree with that but there's a difference in defending Werner for missing chances and defending Werner for his general performance/play/use, which seems to be the more common discussion around here and I know you have your views of it but that's another debate. 

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2 minutes ago, DDA said:

I know its only headline sensationalism but talks of him quitting the club early are already surfacing... if the club were to perform a miracle and pull off the transfer of Haaland, I wouldn't be surprised if he looked at leaving.

The sources you're talking about are definitely shit and even if we sign Haaland, I don't see how he would really find his spot threatened by him considering he can play on either side of the striker. 

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33 minutes ago, Jason said:

The sources you're talking about are definitely shit and even if we sign Haaland, I don't see how he would really find his spot threatened by him considering he can play on either side of the striker. 

I think he would work well with Haaland but where does this leave Havertz positional wise!!?? 

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Just now, DDA said:

I think he would work well with Haaland but where does this leave Havertz positional wise!!?? 

4-4-2 narrow, which Tuchel has played before. (as if we are getting Haaland) 

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Mount----Kovacic

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Haaland --- Werner

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1 minute ago, DDA said:

I think he would work well with Haaland but where does this leave Havertz positional wise!!?? 

You could ask the same about Mount, Ziyech, Pulisic and CHO. It's why I think we need to return to a back 4 next season. Otherwise, it's crazy to have 7-8 players for just 3 positions. Constant rotation with this lot is not going to work forever. 

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41 minutes ago, Jason said:

Look, scoring only 5 goals and missing all those chances in 20+ appearances are bad. Don't think anyone will disagree with that but there's a difference in defending Werner for missing chances and defending Werner for his general performance/play/use, which seems to be the more common discussion around here and I know you have your views of it but that's another debate. 

His fundamental skills is not Chelsea quality to be fair. He was bought to score goals and to get in to good positions, and not for his dribbling/link-up/passing etc. 

How exactly is he useful when he is not even productive in using his main attribute which is scoring? German football experts even said this before he came to Chelsea that he is not a complete forward, but he is a poacher.

I truly believe people that people defending him, basically don't have a leg to stand on. All you guys can say is that his confidence is low, and that this is his first season. All you can do is hope that he get's better, even though he hasn't showed enough to be considered a promising forward for the future.

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1 hour ago, DDA said:

I know its only headline sensationalism but talks of him quitting the club early are already surfacing... if the club were to perform a miracle and pull off the transfer of Haaland, I wouldn't be surprised if he looked at leaving.

We need to have a couple of German players in the squad to make Kai happy and comfy. Timo, Rudi and we may go for Ginter/Sule.

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7 minutes ago, Azul said:

I truly believe people that people defending him, basically don't have a leg to stand on. All you guys can say is that his confidence is low, and that this is his first season. All you can do is hope that he get's better, even though he hasn't showed enough to be considered a promising forward for the future.

No one should write off a player after one season, especially one as absurd as this. 

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14 minutes ago, Azul said:

His fundamental skills is not Chelsea quality to be fair. He was bought to score goals and to get in to good positions, and not for his dribbling/link-up/passing etc. 

How exactly is he useful when he is not even productive in using his main attribute which is scoring? German football experts even said this before he came to Chelsea that he is not a complete forward, but he is a poacher.

I truly believe people that people defending him, basically don't have a leg to stand on. All you guys can say is that his confidence is low, and that this is his first season. All you can do is hope that he get's better, even though he hasn't showed enough to be considered a promising forward for the future.

If he was the finished article and this is happening, I'd be very concerned (and not talking about him missing chances). But he isn't. He hasn't been great and consistent but he hasn't been a complete disaster either and there are good qualities that he has and things he can work on to improve his overall play. If we're still seeing the same issues this time next season, then we can look at what to do with him in the transfer window etc. Just don't understand this thing about writing players off after only a season every time. 

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6 minutes ago, MoroccanBlue said:

No one should write off a player after one season, especially one as absurd as this. 

I'm not writing him off, I say give him another season. However he should be benched right now, other players like Pulisic are unhappy because they haven't even gotten the opportunity he has.

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4 minutes ago, Jason said:

If he was the finished article and this is happening, I'd be very concerned (and not talking about him missing chances). But he isn't. He hasn't been great and consistent but he hasn't been a complete disaster either and there are good qualities that he has and things he can work on to improve his overall play. If we're still seeing the same issues this time next season, then we can look at what to do with him in the transfer window etc. Just don't understand this thing about writing players off after only a season every time. 

I didn't mention once that he should be sold this summer, I just want him to get benched for now. I don't know why he seems to be in everyone's line-up every single week ffs. Give players like Puli and CHO a chance in his position and I'm sure they'll offer more than what he does in his position at the moment.

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2 minutes ago, Azul said:

I didn't mention once that he should be sold this summer, I just want him to get benched for now. I don't know why he seems to be in everyone's line-up every single week ffs. Give players like Puli and CHO a chance in his position and I'm sure they'll offer more than what he does in his position at the moment.

Does it matter what everyone put in their line-up though? It's Tuchel who ultimately picks the team after all.

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3 minutes ago, Jason said:

Does it matter what everyone put in their line-up though? It's Tuchel who ultimately picks the team after all.

Both matter, because I find it interesting to understand where fans are coming from. We are on a forum to discuss with eachother on what our opinion is right? 

I really think Tuchel has been brought to get Havertz and Werner playing well. Do I have the evidence for it? No, however there shouldn't be a good enough reason for Werner to start week in week out providing everyone's fit.

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7 minutes ago, Azul said:

Both matter, because I find it interesting to understand where fans are coming from. We are on a forum to discuss with eachother on what our opinion is right? 

Yeah but the views have always been different and we just end up going in circles anyway. lol

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24 minutes ago, Azul said:

I'm not writing him off, I say give him another season. However he should be benched right now, other players like Pulisic are unhappy because they haven't even gotten the opportunity he has.

Unhappy according to whom? I'll ask you two questions. One,  what warrants him to start over Werner? He fails to make any impact when he is given the opportunity? Havertz seized his opportunity Monday. We got nothing close to that from Pulisic and Ziyech. And two, if a player who is allegedly unhappy for lack of game time, when said player is doing nothing with the opportunities he's given, is this bad apple even worth having in the dressing room? 

We've been undefeated since Tuchel has been appointed, with Werner leading our attack. The outrage is premature. 

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