Frank Lampard: Kai Havertz impress me Tonight. It’s first of many great nights for him’

“Perfect game for Kai today because he came here without hardly any training,” Frank Lampard told his post-Barnsley press conference, as quoted by Goal. “We had to throw him in because we had injuries in attacking areas.

“Tonight was a great progression, for him to play this game. His work rate, he helps Ross Barkley score his goal, his tackle in midfield in a high area and he gets his three goals in good quality. There’s only going to be more of that.

“I predicted it. I wanted to protect him at that point. The idea with Kai tonight was to give him a training session. To not disrespect the game, but for him personally, to see how we play, to work with his teammates, get on the pitch, see how we want to press, be part of that.

“When we have the ball, there’s much more of an element of freedom for a player of his quality. He did everything we wanted from him tonight.

“It was a great exercise for him, another game to see how we want to work off the ball, but also have freedom on the ball and combinations with Tammy. It’s the first of many great nights for him.”

Deployed as a No.10, Havertz provided a perfect 66-minute performance in a 6-0 win over Barnsley in the third round of the Carabao Cup. The 21-year-old scored a hat-trick, the first one in his senior career, created a number of chances and showed great defensive capabilities, providing some kind of an assist to Barkley with a sliding tackle in front of the opponents’ box

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