Michael Owen says it was ‘nice’ to see Timo Werner finally score given the striker’s VAR setback before his goal in Chelsea’s 3-1 over 10-man Southampton on Saturday.
Trevoh Chalobah opened the scoring for the west London club after just nine minutes, and Thomas Tuchel’s side thought they had a second, only for Werner’s header to be ruled out by VAR for a foul by Cesar Azpilicueta earlier in the move.
The visitors got themselves back into the game via a James Ward-Prowse penalty, though the Southampton midfielder got himself sent off later in the second half.
But Werner eventually registered his first Premier League goal since April when he slotted home from Azpilicueta’s cutback late on, before Ben Chilwell wrapped up the scoring.
Werner, 25, struggled in his first season at the club following his prolific spell at RB Leipzig, over which he scored 95 goals in 159 games.
But before his goal against the Saints, Werner was on one goal for the season – in the EFL Cup – and former Liverpool and England striker Owen admitted the Germany international ‘struggling’ in front of goal is difficult to comprehend.
‘As an ex-striker, I know how he feels when it’s just not going in and he’s been feeling this for some time now,’ Owen told Premier League Productions.
‘When you look at his goalscoring record throughout his career, it’s hard to believe how much he’s struggling in front of goal.
‘His first goal I felt there was nothing wrong in that then they bring it back so far I thought, ‘wow, everything is against you’.
‘This [the second goal] is a brilliant move, great ball by [Ross Barkley], an even better ball by Azpilicueta and it’s a simple finish for him but it’s nice to see him getting in those areas and nice to get the monkey off his back.’
‘In the end he was where he needs to be,’ Tuchel of Werner in his post-match press conference. ‘When you have a ball from Ross, the cross from Azpi, you need to be there as a striker.
‘Whenever he scores, there always seem to be a VAR decision ready to take away from him. I remember against Liverpool one that was super close.
‘There are a lot of things for him to improve but we are happy and relieved he scored in the late minutes of this game. It was a very important goal for us.’