Pat Nevin predicted Chelsea gem Kai Havertz is set to have a standout European Championship campaign for Germany.
Writing for the club website, Nevin had high hopes for Havertz and the rest of his international tournament.
The 22-year-old burst into life during his side’s 4-2 win over Portugal last weekend, a statement of intent from himself and his national colleges.
He forced the Portuguese hand into scoring two inverted goals, whilst also grabbing one of his own for good measure.
It was a confident, calm and class performance from the young attacker, who is still riding the wave of his Champions League final definitive moment.
Just a day before his heroics, another Chelsea youngster was stealing the headlines.
Billy Gilmour glided through Scotland’s 0-0 draw with England and was rightly named star of the match.
Havertz for international breakout
Despite Gilmour’s golden hour, Nevin felt Havertz was the one who would truly explode upon the Euros scene.
“If there is an argument that Billy was going to be one of the breakthrough stars of the tournament, there is at least as big a shout for Havertz having an even bigger impact,” said the former Blues winger.
“In the Germans’ second game against the much-fancied Portuguese, he was immense.
“His arriving in the box was timed to perfection time and again.
“His confidence alongside his renewed power, allied with that stunning ability, could help drive his entire nation to glory.”
Chelsea’s other Euro champs
Germany and Havertz have another chance to prove their metal when they face Hungary tomorrow night.
Victory will ensure their place in the knockout stages, something that looked slightly in doubt following their 1-0 defeat to France on matchday one.
N’Golo Kante featured that evening, as he looks to cement his spot as the worthy Ballon d’Or candidate.
His next task is to take on Portugal on Wednesday, who are aiming for revenge after their Havertz humbling.