Lampard was thrilled when Havertz put a slow start to the season behind him with the Carabao Cup hat-trick
‘I am very happy with Kai, it was all I wanted the night to be for him’: Frank Lampard was delighted when Chelsea’s record of £ 89 million at Havertz left a slow start to the Premier League season with Carabao Cup hat trick
Frank Lampard praised the ‘first of many great nights’ for Kai Havertz after the £ 89 million forward scored a hat-trick in Barnsley’s 6-0 defeat.
The 21-year-old had had a slow start to his Blues career after playing wide to the right on his debut against Brighton, then centered in the 2-0 defeat to Liverpool before being taken away at half time.
It led Jamie Carragher to wonder how the club’s record buying fits into Chelsea’s system after his quiet performance.
Chelsea’s record buy Kai Havertz scored a hat-trick in Barnsley’s 6-0 defeat
Lampard insisted he knows Havertz’s best position and that his role in the squad will become apparent when he is fully fit.
And Havertz responded emphatically in the number 10 role at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday evening.
“I’m very happy with Kai, it was all I wanted the night to be for him,” Lampard said.
The Germany international flourished in the number 10 role when Chelsea revolted in the Carabao Cup match
‘Because Kai hasn’t had a pre-season, and signing for the club took him a few days too.
Tonight was a great exercise for him to see how we want to work with the ball, for him to be a part of it.
He made a great recovery tackle for Ross’s goal. And then just to have some freedom on the ball and roam in more central areas.
The 21-year-old attacker completed his hat-trick with a smart finish on Wednesday evening
“I thought it was a great pairing with Tammy, and I was pleased with the way he grew in terms of confidence in the game. It was a great night for Kai, and the first of many for him. ‘
Tammy Abraham, Ross Barkley and Olivier Giroud all felt it was just to bolster Havertz’s hat-trick, with the Germany international thriving in the No. 10 role.
After the game, Havertz said: “I am very happy to have scored my first goal here at Chelsea, I am very happy with the win and happy with my three goals and I hope we can continue like this.”
Tammy Abraham opened the scoring for Chelsea and celebrated it with Kai Havertz
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard was thrilled after Havertz got off his slow start
Focusing on Abraham’s role in his performance, Havertz added: ‘I think he’s a really good striker and I think our partnership on the field was really good.
‘It was our first match together, but I really like him as a striker. For me as No. 10 it is very good to play with him. ‘