Pat Nevin likened Kai Havertz’s display for Germany against Portugal at the European Championships to Chelsea icon Frank Lampard.
Speaking to Off the Ball, Nevin said he saw similarities between Havertz and the former Blues manager during that Euro 2020 victory.
The 22-year-old scored and was a general menace in Germany’s 4-2 over Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal nearly a week ago.
He followed that up by grabbing another goal in the recent 2-2 draw with Hungary, as his tournament starts to take shape.
It was that Portuguese performance that really got his feet off the ground in the competition, a sentiment Nevin echoed.
“He’s young, he is special,” said the ex-Chelsea winger.
“He’s grown into this tournament. Certainly the Portugal game.
“I was watching his arriving in the box and I can’t pay him a bigger compliment than it was Lampard-esque.
“It was that good. They couldn’t stop him. He kept ghosting into these places.”
Learning from Lampard
Any young midfielder to be mentioned in the same breath as Lampard must be doing something right.
Chelsea’s all-time record goal-scorer built a reputation on arriving in the box late to devastating affect.
Havertz will have learnt first hand from the Premier League legend, following his move to Stamford Bridge last summer.
Germany’s shining star clearly put his lessons to practice in the conquest of Portugal.
He constantly caused havoc in the penalty area, by drifting into unmarked positions and unnerving defenders.
Their relationship was cut short after Lampard was replaced by Thomas Tuchel in January, who isn’t a half-bad mentor in his own right.
Next up for Germany in the Euros is England at Wembley, where Havertz could face several of his Chelsea colleges.