Timo Werner backed to challenge for Golden Boot by Chelsea team-mate Kurt Zouma in warning to Premier League rivals

KURT ZOUMA is backing Timo Werner to challenge for the Golden Boot in his first season in the Premier League.

Chelsea’s new £48million striker looks comfortable after just one game, even though he did not manage to score against Brighton on Monday.

And Blues defender Zouma reckons the energetic German, 24, will rival Leicester’s Jamie Vardy, who scored 23 league goals last year, to take top spot.

Zouma said: “Of course. He’s a top scorer. He’s been scoring goals for fun in the German league.

“That’s why he has come here, to show himself in the Premier League. I think he can do it. He has the ability and he’s so quick.

“We have a great team. We don’t need to get too excited. We just need to be ready and keep confidence high.”

Werner and £70m man Kai Havertz made their debuts at the Amex and will soon be joined by £50m left-back Ben Chilwell and £36.7m winger Hakim Ziyech when they are fit.

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Zouma said: “As soon as everyone is fully fit they will bring a lot of things to the team.”

Werner is nursing a dead leg picked up in the 3-1 win against the Seagulls, in which Zouma scored his first league goal for Chelsea in five years.

All attention now turns to facing champions Liverpool on Sunday in the first big test of Frank Lampard’s new-look side.

Zouma said: “We have nothing to prove to people. What I would say is, we just focus on ourselves.

“Of course Chelsea is a team that plays for titles. It’s going to be a tough game, two great teams fighting. It’s going to be great to watch.

“Last season Liverpool completely dominated the season, they had a great run of wins. They hardly lost.

“But this is another year. Everybody starts from zero.

“We will see what we can do. We want to compete with the best.

"They have a great front three, but we also have our weapons. We can hurt them.”

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