Next up in our player-by-player season reviews it is the turn of Timo Werner, as we take a closer look at his second year at Chelsea…
A regular at the start of the campaign
After starting in the front three in the Super Cup final in Belfast, Werner featured in nine of our opening 12 matches across three competitions, notably scoring a vital late goal against Southampton. Unfortunately, his streak in the side came to an end after the forward picked up a hamstring strain in our 4-0 home win over Malmo, a game which also saw Romelu Lukaku pick up an injury.
He returned to the side just over a month later as he came on against Juventus in the Champions League, scoring a goal on his return in the 4-0 home victory.
Stepping up in Europe
Despite featuring seven fewer times in the Champions League this season, the German still matched last season’s feat of four goals in European competition.
Three of these strikes came in the group stages, with one being a record-breaking goal for Chelsea. In December, Werner scored our quickest ever Champions League goal (one minute, 23 seconds) away to Zenit St Petersburg. This title previously belonged to John Terry, for his goal against Schalke in November 2014 (one minute, 26 seconds).
A strong April
Timo found his best form of the season in the penultimate month of the season, netting twice in our 6-0 win at Southampton, before scoring at the Santiago Bernabeu just three days later in another strong performance. His two goals against the Saints made it five goals in four appearances against Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side – a manager who knows him well from their time together at RB Leipzig.
Despite not scoring at Wembley in our FA Cup semi-final, Timo was still the best player on the park as we beat Crystal Palace, assisting Mason Mount’s goal at the national stadium. Werner got his fourth goal in as many games when we hosted Arsenal, which turned out to be his final contribution of note of the campaign.
Though Werner featured 37 times for the club in the 2021/22 season, 15 fewer appearances than he made in his debut campaign for the Blues, he only scored one fewer goal. It took his goals-per-game ratio up from 23 per cent to 30 per cent.
Timo Werner 2021/22 Chelsea stats
Appearances: 37Starts: 24Substituted: 12Unused sub: 13Minutes played: 2,317Goals: 11Assists: 8
Timo Werner Premier League appearances 2021/22
Timo Werner played 21 games in the Premier League for Chelsea this season, coming off the bench for six of them.
Timo Werner Champions League appearances 2021/22
Timo Werner made five appearances in the Champions League this season, three from the start.
Timo Werner FA Cup appearances 2021/22
Timo Werner played five games in the FA Cup this season, three from the start.
Timo Werner Carabao Cup appearances 2021/22
Timo Werner played four times in the Carabao Cup this season, with half of these from the start.
Timo Werner Super Cup and Club World Cup appearances 2021/22
Timo Werner played once in the Club World Cup this season, in the final as a substitute. He started the Super Cup win over Villarreal in August 2021.
Timo Werner goals 2021/22
Timo Werner scored 11 goals for Chelsea in 2021/22, four in the Premier League, four in the Champions League, two in the FA Cup and one in the Carabao Cup.