Gary Neville says 22-year-old Chelsea star can emulate Eden Hazard

Gary Neville is tipping Chelsea star Kai Havertz for a huge future, suggesting that he could end up following the same path as Eden Hazard.

Havertz, 22, is a left-footed forward that joined in a £71million deal from Bayer Leverkusen last summer.

His debut season saw him contribute nine goals and nine assists in all competitions, which included a winner in a Champions League final. 

Neville has picked out Chelsea’s German ace has his young talent to watch out for in the Premier League this season. 

He’s suggested Havertz may emulate Hazard by improving into a top-class talent during a few years at Stamford Bridge. 

“I actually think Havertz has gone up a level but he is in third gear. He could go to fourth gear and to fifth gear. He could become an absolutely great player,” Neville said.

“When he really fills out, and he will do, he is already a great runner with the ball, but he will get more confidence, more belief and in a couple of years he could be someone who is absolutely there.”

“Remember what Chelsea did with Eden Hazard. He went from here, to here, to here. I think that’s what Havertz will do.”

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Kai Havertz a potential superstar at Chelsea

For Chelsea fans, it feels they’ve only seen a glimpse of the player Havertz can become in the next few years.

It seems weird to say about a player who’s scored your club the winning goal in the Champions League final, but there is so much more to come from him.

He’s now got a chance to keep growing in his number 10 position alongside Mason Mount. Together, the duo can dovetail brilliantly between each other in pockets of space behind centre-forward Romelu Lukaku.

It’s not going to be easy for any Chelsea attacker to nail down a starting XI position this campaign as there is so much depth in the squad. However, a positive for Havertz is that he’s started two of the opening three games of the season.

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A sports journalist who graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016 and is a Chelsea supporter. Loves anything football or cricket related when it comes to England.