Time will tell if Kai Havertz’ EFL cup hat-trick was a fluke or not
Chelsea’s new boy Kai Havertz will be on the news for the right reasons in the coming days after netting a hattrick for the Blues in the EFL Cup game against Championship side Barnsley at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.
This will be a major relief for the club and the young German who heaved a sigh of relief after scoring his first goal for the Blues. The German has been under scrutiny, mostly due to his huge price tag since his arrival at Chelsea.
Havertz was average at best in his first competitive game for the Blues. It was his side’s 2020/21 Premier League opener away at the Amex against Brighton which they won 3:1.
It was a game that saw the German give a long pass to the linesman and this has been the highlight of his Chelsea performances up till now though it’s just 2 games into the season and one can only imagine the pressure he has been on.
He showed signs of brilliance in the two nil loss to Liverpool last weekend although a valid case can be made for him as he was played on the right-wing instead of being deployed through the middle in the two Premier League games thus far.
At least, that was the excuse folks could make for how underwhelming he has been since his first game. Regardless, it’s still early days.
They might have a case as his first game playing as a Central Attacking Midfielder saw him bag a hat-trick although some folks might want to point out the quality of the opposition on the night. Regardless, it was a brilliant performance by Kai Havertz.
Asides from the goals he scored, he also created some brilliant chances which the likes of Callum Hudson-Odoi and Mason Mount shockingly missed. What a night it would have been for the Germany international had those chances been converted.
Well, all eyes will be on him in the Blues’ next Premier League game against newly-promoted side West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns as he was withdrawn after his third goal of the night. We look forward to seeing how he steps up in that game and in subsequent games.
Hopefully, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard deploys him through the middle in upcoming games to see him at his best whilst he seeks to assure both fans and critics that his performances at Bayern Leverkusen should not be taken for granted, while his EFL cup hattrick is no fluke.