Peter Crouch thinks Thomas Tuchel may put £150k-a-week player into his Chelsea starting XI
Peter Crouch is predicting that Kai Havertz will be promoted to the Chelsea starting XI after a double injury scare on Wednesday night.
The Blues brushed Malmo aside 4-0 at Stamford Bridge last night in the Champions League. Andreas Christensen, Jorginho (two) and Havertz were all on the scoresheet on a comfortable evening.
However, the fallout from the result has been about a potential double injury blow.
Chelsea forwards Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner were both forced off injured during the first half with respective injuries. Lukaku with an ankle problem, while Werner appeared to pull up with a hamstring issue.
Thomas Tuchel may be able to provide more detail during his Friday press conference.
Pundit Crouch has claimed in the aftermath that Havertz will be the individual that Chelsea boss Tuchel turns to. The 22-year-old German scored a delicate chipped goal after coming on from the bench, so has given himself a little boost going into the upcoming fixtures.
“The two substitutes combine really well… Havertz looks like he’s a real player he just needs a consistent run in the team. I think he might get that now if Werner and Lukaku are out,” Crouch said on BT Sport 2 (11:25pm, 20 October).
Kai Havertz needs to prove worth
Havertz is in Chelsea folklore because of the goal he scored to win the Champions League final in May. Of course, supporters are always going to be behind him due to that historic moment.
In fairness, he’s still got plenty to prove to justify the massive £71million transfer fee.
It’s obvious the left-footed attacker has bucket loads of talent, but needs to find a consistency in his game when it comes to contributing in the final third.
A central role should put the limelight on him if Lukaku and Werner are absent for an extended period.
Tuchel claimed earlier in October he wants to see more from Havertz, so it looks like the player will now get the opportunity to try fulfil the manager’s wishes.
Upcoming fixtures a saving grace
You certainly wouldn’t want to be without both Lukaku and Werner to play games against some of the elite clubs in the Premier League.
Fortunately, the fixture list over the next few weeks looks kind. In addition, there is a November international break to allow injured players more time to recover.
The onus is on players to step up in upcoming league matches against Norwich City, Newcastle United and Burnley, though.
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