What now seems like a routine victory for Chelsea in the EFL Cup, was actually a match that proved a lot of points. The most important one being that some were too quick to judge Kai Havertz.
The Blues’ record signing was the star of the night as he finished three very well taken chances. His last touch of the match brought him the first hat-trick of his senior career before he was replaced with the debuting Ben Chilwell.
While many doubted Mason Mount as well, the youngster was also among those who had a brilliant game. However, the same cannot be said for Barnsley goalkeeper Brad Collins, who made some serious errors throughout the game.
Tammy Abraham and Kai Havertz were clinical in their finishing, and ended up punishing him for his mistakes.
Chelsea looked very in-sync last night, and it could be a sign of things to come for Frank Lampard’s Chelsea.
A point to note is that this was the first time Kai Havertz played the number 10 role. Fans have been critical of Lampard for playing the German out wide or as a second striker. However, last night proved that the youngster has all the tools to succeed.
Lampard was very vocal about giving Havertz time to regain match fitness and adapt to the conditions in England. It now seems that the German has settled in, and is ready to go.
Chelsea will boast of an absolutely blistering attack when Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic join Havertz and Werner up front. As of now, they are back in training but are not match fit yet.
Havertz has been compared to fellow German Michael Ballack, who had a similar game and impact at Chelsea. With the talent that Kai Havertz boasts, he could be Chelsea’s most valuable asset in the years to come as the Blues hope to challenge for the title soon.
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