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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard made a bold decision to drop Kai Havertz for the game against West Ham as he started a midfield trio of Jorginho, N’Golo Kante and Mason Mount.
Havertz was a late sub in the game, with Chelsea having already sealed the victory and showed a glimpse of his quality yet again.
However, Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher said that Chelsea look better without Havertz and believes that the midfield three of Kante, Mount and Jorginho or Kovacic look better than when Havertz is in the line-up.
Asked before the West Ham match if he felt Chelsea look stronger without the 21-year-old, Carragher told Sky Sports: “Yes I do.
“At this moment he’s finding it tough. It hasn’t been easy coming to a new country. Obviously he had Covid earlier in the season.
“But I said it earlier in the season, sometimes players fall into that category where you’re not sure quite where they fit in. ‘I think Frank, he’s still not quite sure himself where he fits in.
“He spent a lot of money on him so you’ve got to try and find a place for him in some ways.
“But for me, right now, Chelsea look a lot stronger with Kante, Mount and one other and when I say one other I mean either Jorginho or Kovacic.
“It’s Jorginho tonight in that midfield and it looks a lot stronger to me. I think Chelsea, Frank, the public are waiting to see what type of player Havertz really is and where he’s going to fit in long term in this 4-3-3 of Chelsea, which looks like the formation Frank has really settled on now this season.”