‘Playing brilliantly’: BBC pundit claims 22-year-old has finally ‘found his feet’ as a Chelsea player

Garth Crooks noted that Chelsea fans are finally seeing the real Kai Havertz following a tough start to life at the club.

Havertz made Crooks’ BBC Team of the Week, for his decent display against Burnley last weekend.

Kai is cruising

The German scored twice at Turf Moore as part of Chelsea’s 4-0 victory that was rounded out in the second half.

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Thomas Tuchel opted for a forward line of his younger compatriot, Christian Pulisic and Mason Mount, leaving Romelu Lukaku on the bench once again.

It was this front three that troubled Liverpool in the Carabao Cup final and did so again at the home of the Clarets.

Aided with the constant support from Reece James on the right, the offensive players managed to break through Burnley’s resistance after the break.

James himself opened the scoring before Havertz netted his third Premier League header of the term on 52 minutes.

He only had to wait another 180 seconds to double his tally, this time assisted by the marauding wing-back.

Pulisic rounded off the victory with a simple tap-in, sealing a very strong three-quarter of an hour for the European champions.

Chelsea’s main number nine?

It was an especially encouraging performance from Havertz, who has fallen upon form at the perfect time in the campaign.

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“To say Kai Havertz has found his feet at Chelsea would be an understatement. The German striker is not only scoring goals but playing brilliantly,” purred Crooks.

“It has taken him a while to settle in but he has certainly got there, which is just as well as Stamford Bridge can be a graveyard for strikers.

“Romelu Lukaku, a centre forward who is currently out of favour and low in confidence, needs to be playing regularly to produce his best.

“Timo Werner is also struggling, so to have Havertz in this rich vein of form is crucial for the Blues.”

With four goals in five appearances, Havertz really is currently leading the way for Chelsea’s attackers.

Lukaku has found himself playing back up to the 22-year-old, whilst Werner rarely gets a sniff anymore.

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A lot has been made about Thomas Tuchel’s need for a consistent, efficient goal scorer.

Although he might not be Mohammed Salah’s levels of productivity, Havertz has certainly shown that on his day, he can keep pace with the very best.    

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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.