Pat Nevin exclusively told the Chelsea Chronicle that Kai Havertz is the one member of Thomas Tuchel’s squad he cannot wait to watch this year.
Nevin has never shied away from his appreciation for the young attacker.
His admiration towards the 22-year-old grew throughout the European Championships, where Havertz was arguably Germany’s brightest outlet.
Last season was full of ups and downs for the former Bundesliga prodigy, but his form began to pick up as the campaign concluded.
He was the decisive figure for Chelsea in the Champions League final and started to look like a player who cost £71m (BBC Sport).
Making the call on Kai
When asked who Nevin was eager to see stride onto the Stamford Bridge turf in 2021/22, his answer was resolute.
“In reality, the player heads and shoulders above everyone else I’m looking forward to is Kai Havertz,” said the former Blues winger.
“Looking at the bits he did at the end of the season; this is the guy who scored the winning goal in the Champions League final.
“He’s beginning to show bits of utter brilliance.
“The possibilities of where he could go are endless, absolutely limitless.
“I just hope this is the season, without any injuries, the confidence grows and we find the right position that suits him.”
Settling in struggles
For all manner of reasons, Havertz’s maiden spell in England was indifferent.
Moving to another league, let alone another country, will always require a period of acclimatisation.
Unfortunately for the German talent, he did so during a pandemic, where absolutely nothing seemed straightforward.
Contracting covid in November didn’t help the course either.
A change in manager mid-way through the term may have unsettled his progress. However, Tuchel did begin to squeeze the best out of his compatriot.
Unfortunately for the pair, they won’t be afforded a full pre-season together, due to Havertz’s international commitments.
But big things lie ahead for the boy from Aachen.
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