Chelsea star Timo Werner joins Cristiano Ronaldo and Robert Lewandowski after fine display

Timo Werner’s brace from the penalty spot in Chelsea’s 3-0 win over Rennes in the Champions League on Wednesday means the German has joined an elite group of attackers. He is just the fifth player across Europe’s top five leagues to have scored more than 40 goals since the start of last season.

Werner has now scored 41 goals in 56 appearances in all competitions and joins Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, Lazio goal machine Ciro Immobile, Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo and Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku to surpass the 40 goal mark.

Since making the £47.5m move from RB Leipzig to Stamford Bridge this summer, the 24-year-old has continued the impressive goalscoring form he showed in Germany, netting seven goals in 11 appearances in all competitions for Chelsea.

Against Rennes, Werner took over as the designated penalty taker from midfielder Jorginho after the Italian missed his second spot kick of the season against Krasnodar last month.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard admitted after that game that he would talk to the squad about who should be their regular penalty taker going forward and Werner has been given the responsibility.

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Speaking after the game, Lampard said: “It wasn’t an easy decision because Jorginho has been pretty faultless for us.

“He missed two recently, then Timo came in and scored one in our last game.

“I had a conversation with Jorginho and his answer was perfect for a professional in that he doesn’t care who takes them as long as we score.

“That’s how he approaches it so Timo took them tonight. He’s our taker at the moment and he took them very emphatically so I’m happy.”

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Jorginho then added: “He [Werner] took the penalties and he scored and all of us are happy.

“It doesn’t matter who scores. He was wanting to take these penalties and I have no problem with that.

“The most important is that we score, it doesn’t matter who. That was decided before the match, and he scored, that was the most important thing so we are all happy.”

Werner also spoke about his new role as the designated penalty taker, saying: “It was not a theme this week.

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“Before the game the manager told me when there is a penalty I should take the penalty in this game.

“It was two so it was a little bit crazy but I took them and it is good goals for a striker. I hope I can go on like this, the scoring and also the penalty taking.

“I think when you want to score at the end [of the season] 20 or more goals, you have to take a few penalties in the season, that is the thing that gives the strikers the goals to get to the high level.

“[Jorginho’s attitude] is another point that speaks for our team, that we are not selfish, we are already pulling together and wanting to go in one direction and it is very good.”

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