Chelsea supporters on social media were treated to a Kai Havertz mini masterclass in close control and speedy footwork on Thursday.
Havertz was captured by the club cameras pulling off a delightful piece of skill that deserved slow motion to appreciate its complete beauty.
The German has been graced by the footballing gods with an elegance that contradicts his 6ft2in frame.
For a large lad, he conducts the ball brilliantly, even if it takes longer for the brainwaves to travel south.
Blues fans simply sat back and watched the artist at work.
Here is how they reacted on Twitter:
KAI HAVERTZ IS THE BEST ON EARTH— Tom ⭐️⭐️ (@TomFizzle_) September 16, 2021
The silky German is the best.— Daby Chukwu (@daby_chukwu) September 16, 2021
The footwork by Havertz>>>>— Kilekun☆ (@_kilekun_) September 16, 2021
6’2 and still one of the smoothest players there is, guys a freak— Tom (@tmdftbl) September 16, 2021
Kai in the sky
Teasing a teammate in training is one thing, but translating that into a competitive game takes confidence. Something that Havertz has only just begun to discover since signing for Chelsea last summer.
Understandably, the self-assured super kid from Bayer Leverkusen lost some of his sparkle upon landing in South West London.
A whole new way of life, on and off the pitch, disrupted the 22-year-old’s opening months as a Blue.
Being knocked down by Covid-19 didn’t help matters either.
But as he grew into the shirt, assisted by the arrival of Thomas Tuchel, the Havertz of not-that-old returned to the stage.
His swagger reclaimed; comfort restored.
Scoring in the Champions League final wasn’t a bad ego boost at all.
He is already off the mark this season, heading home against Liverpool before the international break.
It probably won’t be long before the training ground flair is out in full force come matchday.