'Huge performance': Tuchel raves about Chelsea player's display in 1-0 win against Newcastle

Thomas Tuchel has given Chelsea’s Kai Havertz big praise for his individual performance in Sunday’s win at home to Newcastle United.

Havertz, 22, scored the only goal of the contest in some style late on.

The left-footed striker delicately controlled a lofted pass from Jorginho before finishing into the back of the net.

He was named yet again in the starting line-up as the focal point in the forward line, as he continues to build on his excellent momentum so far in 2022.

Tuchel waxed lyrical about Havertz in his post-match interview when asked about the player’s impact against Newcastle.

“Rare quality, top character, and on the right path forward in his development. Huge performance again and so reliable. He’s very, very strong,” Tuchel said.

Havertz received an impressive 7.31 match rating from Who Scored against Newcastle.

His weekend goal was described as “stunning” by Gary Lineker, too.

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Joint-top Chelsea scorer

Havertz’s 11th goal of the season on Sunday moves him level with teammate Romelu Lukaku at the top of the club’s goalscoring charts.

They are the only two Blues players to hit double figures for goals this campaign, with Jorginho (nine) and Mason Mount (eight) the closest to matching that.

In contrast, Premier League rivals Manchester City have five members in their squad to hit 10 or more goals so far this season.

Tuchel has needed his side to share the goals around the group, but it does feel like Havertz is now starting to put more responsibility on his shoulders to contribute more regularly.

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Dom is a Chelsea supporter who has worked in online publishing for more than six years. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016, he now writes exclusively for The Chelsea Chronicle covering news, analysis and match coverage. He enjoys the dream position of writing about his boyhood club, which seems to be involved in more drama every single day than an episode of The Bill. Aside from his love for Chelsea, he supports and follows the England cricket team. He also fancies himself as the Sunday League version of Michael Essien.