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Twitter delivers Frank Lampard verdict following Kai Havertz masterclass against Everton

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.

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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 –

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By Sagarneel Chakraborty

Living and breathing everything regarding the beautiful game for a decade. Avid follower of all things football, with a soft corner for the Blues.

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