Lampard Confirms Kai Havertz and Timo Werner Will Make First EPL Debut Against Brighton Today #BHACHE

Chelsea new boy Kai Havertz has been pictured in individual training at Cobham for the first time after completing a big-money move from Bayer Leverkusen.

The 21-year-old attacking midfielder became Frank Lampard’s sixth signing of the summer on Friday evening after Chelsea wrapped up a £71 million deal with Leverkusen for his signature.

He follows Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva and Malang Sarr through the doors at Stamford Bridge, with the Blues flexing their financial muscles in the wake of their two-window transfer ban.

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Havertz trained with a select group of Chelsea coaches at Cobham (Picture: Getty)

Germany gave Havertz permission to leave their training camp in Stuttgart to finalise his move to Chelsea earlier this week and the youngster was expected to return in time for their Nations League clash with Switzerland on Sunday.

However, Joachim Low has since confirmed that Havertz will play no part in Basel and the midfielder has instead been working on his fitness at Chelsea’s training ground.

Pictures of Havertz in Chelsea’s training kit doing individual drills emerged on Saturday afternoon and the Germany international was, understandably, all smiles after finally putting an end to the uncertainty surrounding his future.

It’s likely Havertz will now remain in west London as Chelsea step up their preparations for the new Premier League campaign which begins away at Brighton on September 14

 

The question for the Blues boss will be how he can fit his new players into the team along with those who impressed last season.

There are some injury issues for the Blue, with Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell and Thiago Silva all out, but Christian Pulisic and Cesar Azpilicueta have returned after their hamstring problems in the FA Cup.

“I will just have to make sure I manage them back in in their own ways.”

Up front it is likely that Timo Werner will lead the line, with Kai Havertz coming into the side and playing in the number ten role.

If Pulisic is fully fit, then he should start on the left and Mason Mount could take his place up on the right of three behind the German striker

 

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has revealed why he was determined to sign Kai Havertz, and explained what qualities the £71million man will bring to the Blues.

The 21-year-old arrived from Bayer Leverkusen last week, becoming Chelsea’s second most expensive signing in the process.

Chelsea pursued Havertz all summer, in light of rival interest from elsewhere, and Lampard says he has been an admirer dating back far longer.

“I’ve loved him for a long time as a player since he came through,” he added. “He’s a different player to what I was but, when it’s an attacking midfielder that scores goals, obviously I certainly sit up and take notice.

“His style is very unique, he’s six-foot-two plus which is a great help in the modern day to have tall players in forward areas like that but the most important thing about him is his natural quality of receiving the ball and talent on the ball and calmness and quality and he arrives to score goals.”

Chelsea’s spending has topped £200m this summer, with the expected arrival of Edouard Mendy for around £25m to make it the club’s most expensive transfer window.

Lampard added: “Havertz brings a great versatility for us, he started as a No.8 arriving in the box, sometimes plays on the wing, can play as a false No.9 and he’s very comfortable and happy to play in all those positions.

“Being able to bring players like him and Timo Werner into the squad brings us a lot more energy and speed into the team which is something we always want at the top level because those players make the difference

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