The Germany striker netted his first Premier League goal after a 14-game drought as the Blues leapfrogged Liverpool with a 2-0 win over Newcastle.
For the first time in 100 days and 1000 minutes of football, Timo Werner has scored a Premier League goal.
Much has been made of the Germany international’s drought in front of goal over the winter months, and there is no doubt his struggles played a part in the Blues’ slide down the table.
But after his goal against Newcastle on Monday capped another encouraging display, Werner and Chelsea now find themselves back in the top four and with Champions League qualification very much in their own hands.
Werner’s last league goal before tonight came back on November 7 against Sheffield United, and he had taken a further 31 shots before he bundled the ball in at the back post from a corner six minutes before half-time here.
Though it was not the prettiest goal of his career, getting the 24-year-old back firing was part of Thomas Tuchel’s mandate when he replaced Frank Lampard, and the early signs suggest Werner is getting back to his best.
He played a major role in both goals in the recent 2-1 win over Sheffield United, and even before finding the net against the Magpies he had proven a menace that the visitors struggled to deal with.
Perhaps his most eye-catching moment of the night came in setting up Olivier Giroud’s opener, with Werner’s direct run down the left leaving Emil Krafth for dead before his driven cross was turned into Giroud’s path by Karl Darlow.
Tuchel will likely face a similar conundrum once Kai Havertz returns to full fitness, but for now Chelsea and their fans can be content with the fact that 50 per cent of their ‘German problem’ seems to be fixed.
In doing so Tuchel has also lifted them six places in the table. Things could barely be going better for the Blues right now.