2. Timo Werner’s probable return to form
This is the best I’ve seen Werner perform in a 100 days, and not only because he scored a goal to end his Premier League drought. Even if he didn’t score the goal, this point would’ve still made it into the piece. It was a really good and promising performance from the German striker. He made excellent runs into the penalty area and made use of the space left for him to exploit by the Newcastle defenders. Sometimes, his touches were a little off, but that doesn’t matter that much, you know? It was a good performance from him and it was very relieving to see that happen. The first goal happened because of his excellent cross into the box that somehow made its way to Olivier Giroud’s feet. That was excellent from him, as he took his time on the ball and executed the whole sequence as well as he could. He made space for himself and crossed the ball at the perfect time with his weaker foot.
As for the goal that he scored, well, it wasn’t the best, it wasn’t the prettiest, but who cares? He scored for the first time in 100 days. The ball was in a trajectory opposite to his, and he had to reach for the ball and he did it. It went in, and at that point, he was the happiest man alive. You could just see it from the way he smiled once the VAR check was over and the goal was given. We could see the joy, relief and his love for the game in that one smile. It was very wholesome!
Hopefully, the man starts scoring on a regular basis, because he really is a talented footballer. He missed a few shots that he would’ve scored if he was in his usual goal-scoring form, but that’s fine. He showed that he wanted to improve, and he did it.