‘Player of the match’: Chelsea forward praised for performance after changing position on international duty

Chelsea’s Kai Havertz has been awarded Player of the Match by 90min for his performance in Germany’s 3-3 draw with England at Wembley.

The 23-year-old was on target twice in the second half, with his first goal showing everyone the obvious quality he possesses.

The forward picked the ball up outside the box before curling a sensational effort past a hopeless Nick Pope to double the visitors’ lead at the time.

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The match was a classic game of two halves for Havertz, who struggled in the opening 45 minutes in the striker role he has been used in at Stamford Bridge.

After the introduction of former Blue Timo Werner, he dropped a bit deeper and impressed far greater, with that reflected in the ratings produced by 90min.

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They said: “Player of the Match – Kai Havertz. Anonymous in the first half but utterly integral from a deeper role after the break.”

The way the German played in the slightly different role will certainly have caught Graham Potter’s attention, as he looks to craft his perfect starting XI for the rest of the season.

The new man in charge utilised Havertz up front with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in his first game with the club, however the pairing failed to work and neither impressed.

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Potter will have also been encouraged by a number of other performances on display at Wembley, with fellow Blue Mason Mount making a sensational impact from the bench.

With the pair not enjoying the best starts to the campaign, they will surely draw great inspiration from their displays for their countries, without the pressures of a poor start to the season at club level.

With October set to be a busy month on a number of fronts, Chelsea fans will hope they will be back firing quickly.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.