It is never too easy for any player to adapt to the Premier League in their very first season, and even more so for a young forward as Kai Havertz found out for himself. Havertz signed for Chelsea for a club-record transfer fee last summer.
It was Frank Lampard who secured the former Bayer Leverkusen man’s services for the west London outfit, but Havertz could barely ever get going under Lampard. The inability to get marquee signings in Timo Werner and Kai Havertz firing eventually cost Lampard his job in January, but things have looked to be on the up again for the German duo with the appointment of their compatriot Thomas Tuchel.
Havertz delivers the goods against Everton
Tuchel has already helped Werner end his goal drought, and he almost helped Havertz do the same last night – Havertz was certain to have put Chelsea ahead in last night’s outing against Everton, but his first half strike was deemed to be an own goal by Ben Godfrey.
Havertz also won the penalty in the second half which led to Jorginho scoring Chelsea’s second of the night. Chelsea won the match 2-0, as Havertz excelled in a false nine role – playing off Werner and Callum Hudson-Odoi flanking him on either wing.
His performance encouraged the football fraternity on Twitter to scrutinize the change in roles that he has had after the change of manager, as Lampard received his fair share of criticism for using Havertz almost ineffectively.
How Tuchel is getting the best out of Havertz as oppose to Lampard
The German midfielder racked up a solitary goal and 2 assists while playing under the tutelage of the former Chelsea manager – as Lampard, infamously, often employed Havertz on the right side of a three-man midfield or as the right inside forward. As a result, Havertz had to track back in order to fulfil his defensive duties which dried up his attacking involvements.
The tactical decision often placed someone with Havertz’s attributes as far away from goal as possible, which ended up being a factor in the German adapting very slowly to the pace of the league.
A young player of the stature of Havertz – who is often considered to be one of the best talents Germany has ever produced – was deemed ineffective in a formation that hardly ever suited his strengths.
Tuchel, on the other hand, has employed Havertz in a position much closer to the goal – where he can trouble defenders with his dribbling or make use of his creativity – warranting Lampard the criticism that he received yesterday on Twitter for not utilizing the German well.
Twitter delivers verdict
Chelsea fans were not kind to their former manager as reactions poured in after Kai Havertz delivered his best performance for the Blues so far –
Can’t stress how unsuited Havertz was to Lampard’s use of him as a right sided 8,compared to how he excelled in more advanced roles at Leverkusen & as a 9 today
Tuchel understands his strengths are his movement and instinctive play in & around the box,not building play from deep pic.twitter.com/ugf8uYE4IrAdvertisement— Premier League Panel (@PremLeaguePanel) March 8, 2021Advertisement
What a shock that Havertz look so much better as a false 9 in an actual system rather than as an 8 in go and express yourself FC!— 💎 (@JosipIIicic) March 8, 2021
I’ve always told you all that Lampard was the problem.— Man of Letters. (@Letter_to_Jack) March 8, 2021
Kai Havertz is a brilliant footballer if he’s not being ask to run the entire length of the pitch tracking back every 2 minutes
Love Lampard but he really brainwashed so many fans regarding a lot of players in this Chelsea side. Had the fan base thinking Havertz Kovacic Jorginho etc were bums.— Adam (@CFCMethod) March 8, 2021
Lampard was ruining all the players. Havertz suddenly doesn’t look so weak like he was under Lampard.— Count Olaf (@PY__96) March 8, 2021
Havertz is pure footballing filth. Lampard should be arrested for making people think otherwise— Tuchel’s Jacket (@Nuwaha17) March 8, 2021
Havertz is so calm in front of the goalkeeper… I personally feel Lampard didn't use him properly… I'm predicting the German to dominate the Premier league next season… Please save this tweet… #CHEEVE #EPL pic.twitter.com/34Jc6CVf5x— Preye pizzi (@preyepizzi) March 8, 2021
can’t believe some of you let lampard convince you havertz wasn’t good— v🫀 (@vaalcfc) March 8, 2021
Lampard really played Havertz as a winger 😭😭that man should pay for his crimes against football.— Black Superman (@KalebweMutwale) March 8, 2021
Under Lampard I lost hope for top four and I thought we made a mistake with Havertz. Now I have renewed hope.— Owuraku Ampofo 🇬🇭 (@_owurakuampofo) March 8, 2021
Thank you Tuchel 💙 pic.twitter.com/00V6Icqdrj
The fact Lampard bought in Werner and Havertz and never realised that Havertz is meant to play behind Werner while Werner works best with a strike partner/attacking midfielder behind just shows how unready for the job he was— brad fan of ghostwatch (@br_adb2) March 9, 2021
That Havertz performance yesterday was just on point. Lampard made everyone think he's shit.— ~ (@TheLfcKop) March 9, 2021
If you think he's not one of the best talents in the league, football is just not for you.. pic.twitter.com/ll7cCaRMLa