Why did Lampard and Chelsea pay £72 million for Kai Havertz?

Thanks to Kai Havertz and Tammy Abraham, Chelsea waltz into the next round of the Carabao Cup.

Barnsley got thrown into a pit with an angry dog when they met Chelsea in the EFL Cup third round on Wednesday evening. Only positives for Frank Lampard to take from the game considering the score was 6-0 to the Blues.

Some of Chelsea’s new arrivals made their debuts, proving notably effective even though they played a Championship side. Hakim Ziyech, who is still returning to full fitness, is yet to make his way to the pitch. Timo Werner was also missing from the starting lineup and was an unused sub in the cup tie.

Tammy took full advantage of this and was involved in 50% of his team’s goals. The English striker got on the scoreboard for the opener and assisted two of Kai’s goals on the night. The duo showcased what a deadly threat they can be together.

Joining Abraham on the scorecard was Ross Barkley, Olivier Giroud, and the player we are here to discuss, Kai Havertz. Chelsea’s record-breaking transfer displayed exactly why £72 million was coughed up for him. He scored his first Chelsea hat-trick and did in style.

It’s been a rocky ride but Kai Havertz could have finally arrived!

The short ride to this point hasn’t been joyful for Havertz. His first two Premier League games were underwhelming. So much so, he was the sacrificial lamb in their most recent Premier League fixture.

It was the first top-four meeting in England and they entertained Liverpool. It was a match you’d want your most expensive summer signing to shine in. Unfortunately, it was way too early to meet the champions of England and we saw nothing of what Kai has to offer.

The Blues suffered a red card which inevitably led to Lampard having to make a formation adjustment. Kai Havertz was none existent for most of the first half. This is the reason Frank had to pull the plug on him, holding back his Chelsea debut goal.

Third time lucky for Kai, who got the nod from his manager to take the field despite finding life in the EPL difficult a few days ago. The manager could have left him on the bench but fancied him to operate in his preferred position, the number 10 role.

He really has it all

Thank you for that Frank Lampard! As it was a joy to watch the German link-up with the English striker. In all three of Kai’s goals scored, we witnessed a trick of his trade. His subtle first touch. His clever little runs he makes into the box.

His eye for goal. His prolific finishing ability. His reading of the game. Most importantly, a part of his game that will certainly see him flourish in the Premier League once it starts working, his pressing game.

The attacker’s first goal of the game and in his Chelsae career, came from a clever little run into the box capped off with a good finish. The third goal of the game scored by Ross Barkley started with Havertz pressing in the opposition box, something Sadio Mane punished the Blues with at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

He pressed, made the tackle, and the ball rolled free for Barkley to run onto and put away. The goal that allowed him to take the match ball home was the one that displayed it all. His burst of pace, link-up play, delicate touch, and superb finishing.

It took the 21-year-old just over 30 minutes of football to score a hat-trick. This is promising for Chelsea, who needs their marquee signing to gain plenty of confidence. The London club travels to the Hawthorns, taking on one of the poorest starters to the campaign, if not the poorest, West Brom.

Lampard was wise to use him in this game, even though it was an injury risk. Now he oozing self-confidence and taking on the worst-conceding team after two games.

The bigger dilemma for the manager now is having to shuffle and make space for Tammy Abraham. He deserves his starting spot.