Timo Werner blames VAR for denying him Chelsea goals and welcomes new change

Chelsea striker Timo Werner has blamed VAR for denying him goals in his opening Premier League season despite being caught offside 41 times – a league high.

The German international scored just 12 goals in his debut season in England after signing from RB Leipzig for £53 million last summer.

Despite the poor return, it was a great campaign for the 25-year-old who claimed his first major trophy at club level in Chelsea's 1-0 win over Manchester City in the Champions League final.

Werner played the opening 66 minutes of the game before making way for Christian Pulisic as Chelsea's lifted their second ever 'big ears' trophy.

Big things were expected of the German after his arrival in London; Werner netted 28 times in 34 Bundesliga matches for Leipzig in the 19/20 season.

However, the forward was unable to bring that sizzling form to England and couldn't even score half of previous season's tally in Chelsea blue.

But Werner has hit back at his critics citing VAR as the reason for his poor goal return:

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"I read that they want to make the VAR line thicker in England, that would be good for me because then I would have 5 more goals this season," said Werner, reports Christian Falk on twitter.

"Basically the VAR is fine and I say that, although I suffered most of it."

The German's comments follow a report from The Athletic, who claim that from next season the Premier League will introduce 'thicker lines' to help the video assistant referee rule on offside decisions.

The proposal should reduce the number of goals chalked off and benefit attackers like Werner who play on the shoulder of the defender.

The Premier League are also set to release next season's fixtures on Wednesday at 9am.

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