Some Chelsea fans buzzing that 22-year-old is starting vs Leeds

A portion of Chelsea supporters on social media were delighted to see Kai Havertz be given the nod against Leeds United this afternoon.

Thomas Tuchel makes seven changes from the mid-week Champions League draw with Zenit St. Petersburg, including recalling the young German.

He replaces Romelu Lukaku, who ended a run of ten club games without scoring in Russia on Wednesday.

Elsewhere, Edouard Mendy returns in goal in place of Kepa Arrizabalaga as expected.

Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger and Cesar Azpilicueta make up the back three.


Malang Sarr and Andreas Christensen drop to the bench.

Marcos Alonso replaces Saul Niguez as left-wing back.

Reece James reclaims his right wing-back slot off Callum Hudson-Odoi, having played in central midfield against Zenit.

This is because Jorginho has recovered from a pain in his back, whilst Ruben Loftus-Cheek has also overcome his respective injury.

Timo Werner keeps his place in the forward line, following his brace in Europe.

Mason Mount also stays put.

Arguably the biggest call of the lot was to leave Lukaku on the bench, having finally got him off the mark.

This does give Havertz another chance to lead the line and prove to Tuchel he is a worthy debutant up front.

It was a decision that certainly settled well with several Blues fans.

Here’s how they reacted to the 22-year-old’s inclusion on Twitter:

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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.