Kai Havertz Debut Analysed: Smart Link-ups, a huge slice and an 80-yard Recovery Run

Before kick-off…

If he realised that the TV cameras in the near-empty Amex Stadium were trained on virtually his every movement during the pre-match warm-up, Kai Havertz betrayed no sign of it. He threw himself into the short sprints and ball work before Chelsea’s customary shooting drill, alongside fellow debutant Timo Werner. When he sent a right-footed shot flying off target, Havertz threw his head back to the sky with an expression of genuine angst. Within minutes another effort, this time with his left foot, nestled in the top corner of the net.

Frank Lampard, meanwhile, was talking about his two marquee signings to Sky Sports at pitchside. “I expect a lot of them in terms of the Chelsea players they’re going to be, because they’re fantastic talents,” he said before last night’s 3-1 win away at Brighton. “But we’re on matchday one. They’ve just moved (to England) and Kai’s trained for probably a…

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