Lampard’s prediction on Kai Havertz has come to pass

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Chelsea midfield star Kai Havertz was the man of the show on Monday night, as Chelsea defeated Everton 2-0 on Monday night.

Kai Havertz created the two goals for Chelsea and also had a goal ruled out for handball.

The 21-year-old German international was deployed in a false nine role against the Toffees, and he gave a good account of himself, as he dazzled in that position.

Both former boss Frank Lampard and new boss Thomas Tuchel, have struggled to get the best of Havertz, and even his best position for the team is yet to be identified.

However, one thing former boss Frank Lampard maintained, is that Kai Havertz can play in many roles, and also as a false nine, which eventually paid off on Monday night.

Lampard played Kai Havertz as a false nine against Liverpool earlier in the season with Timo Werner on the left.

He told Chelsea TV after the defeat to Liverpool: “It was the plan regardless, Timo likes to play off the left side.

“He’s very versatile. He [Werner] can play centrally or left side, I think he was fantastic in moments today, you saw the difference he’s going to make.

“With Kai, it was a feeling that he can be central and give them a problem by coming slightly deeper sometimes. ‘When he started to get into the game you could feel that a little bit.

“He needs time, Kai Havertz. He trained just a few days before Brighton, again he’s had to recover and get ready for this game.

“So I’ve got no doubt in time that we can be versatile with not just those two but the front players we have.”

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