Chelsea news: Wayne Bridge defends Timo Werner after ‘lazy’ criticism

The German was caught offside numerous times at the weekend (Pictures: Getty Images)

Former Chelsea defender Wayne Bridge has rubbished suggestions that Timo Werner is ‘lazy’ after Ian Wright criticised the forward following his performance against Manchester City.

Although the Blues came from behind to win at the Etihad on Saturday – potentially getting a big psychological advantage going into the Champions League final – summer signing Werner endured another difficult match.

The forward was flagged offside three times in the game, spurning several gilt-edged chances in the process, and former Arsenal striker Wright was far from impressed.

Werner assisted Marcos Alonso’s late winning goal for Chelsea (Picture: Getty)

‘You need to look at the runs he makes. He needs to get back onside. He doesn’t get onside,’ said Wright on Match of the Day.

‘He’s got so much space. For me that’s just lazy. It’s lazy work. He’s running straight offside.’

But Bridge totally rejects the idea that Werner is a lazy player and simply needs to work on the timing of his runs in behind opposition defences.

‘I don’t think you can label him as lazy,’ Bridge told bettingexpert.com when asked about the criticism.

‘The way he played against Real Madrid, the effort he put in the running and closing down means you can’t label him as lazy.

‘It’s just a case of timing his runs and needing to switch on a bit more and get onside and maybe he gets a goal.

‘I don’t think he [Wright] is calling Werner lazy for the effort he puts in, it’s just he was a couple of yards offside and he should have got back onside and he might have got the chance.

Timo Werner Chelsea v Fulham - Premier League

Werner has only scored six Premier League goals this season (Picture: Getty)

‘If you look at the way he plays he puts a lot of effort in for the team.’

He continued: ‘Kai Havertz and Werner haven’t had a pre-season and to come to the best league in the world is not easy. My move from Southampton to Chelsea was not easy and if I had moved country I don’t know how I would have coped to be honest.

‘You get used to playing with players and what you like and then you know what happens during games, and it’s not easy to just settle in. Some people can hit the ground running and some people can’t. If Chelsea do sign a striker I think they’ll still have chances. They’ll still have a good career at Chelsea.’

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