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New Chelsea signing Kai Havertz hasn’t been played in his favourite number 10 role for Chelsea until the League Cup game against Barnsley.
Havertz featured from the wing and as a false nine in his first two games for the club, but Frank Lampard played him as a number 10 in the Carabao Cup third round tie against Barnsley.
Havertz got a hat-trick and an assist in that game, but that wasn’t the only thing about his performance. He was able to form a good partnership with Tammy Abraham, and his general display was great.
People will argue about the quality of the Barnsley team, but a Championship side is always good enough to cause you threats any day.
Check out some of Kai Havertz best stats against Barnsley in just 65 minutes of play:
Kai Havertz was able to drift around pitch against the Tykes, which was responsible for most of his goals as he was even ahead of Tammy on some occasions – maybe this is why Lampard decided to play him in his failed false nine position against Liverpool.
Kai Havertz recorded two key passes in the game, as much as Tammy Abraham, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Olivier Giroud. Mason Mount played three.
Havertz also completed four dribbles, and won a Chelsea-high five tackles – including one in the build-up to Barkley’s goal, to buttress his attacking and defensive contribution to the victory.
Havertz recorded an impressive 88 per cent pass completion rate, despite the energetic press from the Barnsley side.
Hopefully, Frank Lampard will restore him to his regular number 10 role, henceforth.