Kai Havertz made his debut in Chelsea’s 3-1 Premier League win over Brighton, but it was not as spectacular as fans would have hoped.
Frank Lampard made a few interesting decisions with his line-up as he went for 4-2-3-1 with Havertz on the right.
It is not exactly a new role for the 21-year-old, but it was also far from ideal from him to make an impactful debut.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who played just behind Werner, was more of a false-nine than a N0.10 and, with just N’Golo Kante and Jorginho in the middle of the pitch, Lampard’s men uncharacteristically struggled for possession.
Chelsea ended up with just 48% of the ball throughout the game, but it was even worse in the first half where they had just 42% possession.
Timo Werner’s tendency to run into spaces might have affected the game plan as Chelsea often released the ball forward as soon as they had it. And it clearly affected the two wide players: Mount and particularly Havertz.
As you can see from the graphic below, Havertz did not receive a single pass in the penalty box where he could have had more influence.
Hot take: these are not the spaces in which you want Kai Havertz receiving the ball. pic.twitter.com/DYs2QvwggM
— Scouted Football (@ScoutedFtbl) September 14, 2020
Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic’s absences meant Lampard had few options but it would be safe to safe Chelsea got away with the three points.
A James cracker (2%) and a deflected Zouma shot (9%) either side of a Dunk miss (40%) decide the game #BHACHE
— Infogol (@InfogolApp) September 14, 2020
A penalty, a screamer and a deflected strike are still goals. But they are not what Chelsea should rely on, particularly with a big game against reigning champions Liverpool coming up.