Ashley Cole hails ‘fantastic’ Kai Havertz for his support for Chelsea

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Ashley Cole praises ‘fantastic’ Kai Havertz for his support for Chelsea’s win over Fulham, while Chris Coleman claims the German could become a ‘very exciting’ player for the Blues after his difficult first year in English football.

  • Ashley Cole described Kai Havertz as ‘fantastic’ after his support for Chelsea
  • The German scored both goals when Thomas Tuchel’s side beat Fulham 2-0
  • Chris Coleman also supported Havertz to get ‘really exciting’ for the Blues
  • Havertz has had a difficult first year in England since coming over from Leverkusen

Ashley Cole described Kai Havertz as ‘fantastic’ on Saturday night after his brace helped Chelsea to a routine victory over Fulham in the Premier League.

The German midfielder scored twice against his side’s local rivals at Stamford Bridge and helped Thomas Tuchel’s men get closer to Champions League football next season.

Havertz has had a rocky start in England since arriving at Bayer Leverkusen for £ 89 million last summer, scoring just eight goals and providing eight assists in all competitions.

Ashley Cole described Kai Havertz as ‘fantastic’ on Saturday night after his support for Chelsea

The Chelsea legend was deeply impressed by the German's performance on Saturday

The Chelsea legend was deeply impressed by the German’s performance on Saturday

But Cole, who played more than 300 times for Chelsea during his career, was impressed by Havertz’s performance and called him ‘fantastic’.

About Sky Sports he said: “It was fantastic.

He didn’t get too involved in the build-up, but his small through balls and nimble touches and control around sixteen, I think he deserved his two goals.

Former Fulham boss Chris Coleman was also impressed with Havertz and supported him to have a successful career at Chelsea.

He added: ‘I was very impressed with him. His little nimble touches and his intelligence, knowing when and where to run, and when the ball arrives, he’s not nervous, and all top players have that.

‘They always seem to have more time on the ball. He is still young, and he will keep getting better.

Havertz was sent off by Mason Mount before shooting over the goal to give Chelsea the lead

Havertz was sent off by Mason Mount before shooting over the goal to give Chelsea the lead

Cole was also very impressed with Mason Mount, who was the key to the victory over Fulham

Cole was also very impressed with Mason Mount, who was the key to the victory over Fulham

‘He’s had a tough first season. He’s had Covid, he’s had injuries. But he’s showing a glimpse into top quality games and I think he’s going to be a very exciting player for Chelsea. ‘

Thomas Tuchel described Mason Mount as ‘the complete package’ after the game and Cole was equally delighted with the English star.

The retired left back said: ‘Mason is so important to this team, he can run behind, he can play on the feet.

‘That’s what Mason gives you, he runs after, takes players away, draws players in, here he takes two players out of the game (with his touch) and it’s a brilliant thru-ball.

He’s a humble boy, a Chelsea fan living the dream. But within that, he wants to work hard, improve, score goals, run for his team.

“He shows that enthusiasm day after day and that makes him one of the best players in world football at the moment for me, especially in the Premier League, and of course vital for Chelsea.”

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