'I am convinced': Cesc Fabregas predicts big things from 22-year-old Chelsea star next season

Cesc Fabregas is sure that Kai Havertz will start to flourish for Chelsea following a strong end to the season.

Writing for the Telegraph, Fabregas expressed how he has a good feeling about the second Blues campaign for Havertz.

The 22-year-old arrived last summer for a huge fee and with an equally large reputation.

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He was the Bundesliga’s golden boy, scoring 18 times and providing nine assists for Bayer Leverkusen during his farewell term.

His goals tally did decrease by 50% in his debut spell at Stamford Bridge, although the assists stayed the same.

For many reasons, Havertz failed to hit the ground running at Chelsea, but things began to pick up after January.

Thomas Tuchel’s arrival certainly boosted the German’s confidence, as did bagging the winner in the Champions League final.

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Fabregas, who won two Premier League titles with the Blues, had high exceptions for Havertz heading into the 2021/22 chapter.  

“I watch every single Chelsea game, so I’ve followed the first seasons of the club’s two big German signings, Kai Havertz and Timo Werner, very closely and I am convinced next season we will start to really see the best of them,” said the Spaniard.

“Havertz didn’t start very, very well at Chelsea and sometimes he looked off the pace.

“But once Thomas Tuchel put him in a false nine position, it was working better. He didn’t have to touch a lot of the ball, but he helped the team tick.

“He was not losing the ball, he made everyone else secure, he was creating stuff. And I think at the end of the season, he was very, very good.”

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Finding the right position for Havertz was a major part of his problems.

Frank Lampard deployed him in all manner of roles, but could never settle on one that was most efficient.

Tuchel took no time at all in deploying his young compatriot as a centre-forward, a job he really grew into.

Of course, if Chelsea do sign a striker in the summer, Havertz may find himself positioned elsewhere.

But as long as he’s in Chelsea’s team, then the best really is yet to come.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.