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EPL results 2021, Chelsea vs Everton, West Ham vs Leeds United, Kai Havertz, highlights, scores, goal, PL table

Chelsea cemented their grip on fourth place in the Premier League as Kai Havertz finally delivered an influential display in their vital 2-0 win against top-four rivals Everton on Monday.

Havertz has endured a disappointing first season following his £70 million ($96 million) move from Bayer Leverkusen last year.

But the Germany midfielder was given a rare start by Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel and he responded by playing the key role in both goals at Stamford Bridge.

Havertz’s shot was deflected into the Everton net for a Ben Godfrey own goal in the first half.

The 21-year-old has not scored in the league since October but Tuchel entrusted him with an important role as Chelsea’s false nine. His intelligent movement put him in position to earn the second-half penalty that Jorginho converted.

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“We deserved to win, we controlled it completely,” said Tuchel. “Second half we increased our level and had a lot of dangerous attacks.

“Very pleased with Kai. It was the trust we gave him. He used that trust. He is a player who has all the ability to be a dominant figure in the attack and he stepped up.”

Elsewhere, West Ham kept up the chase on Chelsea and the rest of the top four with another solid win, this time over Leeds United.

Once again on-loan January signing Jesse Lingard was at the forefront of what happened, scoring his fourth goal in six games for the Hammers after Leeds had a goal controversially ruled out by VAR for the narrowest of offside calls.

Centre back Craig Dawson then added West Ham’s second goal just seven minutes after Lingard’s opener as David Moyes’ side held on comfortably for the victory.

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They go up to fifth in the table following Everton’s loss and sit just two point behind Chelsea in the chase for the Champions League.

“We started slow and weren’t confident on the ball,” Lingard told Sky Sports afterwards. “We got the goals but if we want to push on for top four we need to be better.

“I like to commit players to have time and space on the ball. I like to drive into the box and make things happen. That was the only chance to do that (for the penalty) and it paid off.

“It is about consistency. We dropped off it a bit today. But the three points are important. We take each game step by step. We learn from each. It is not going to be easy every game. Leeds gave us a good game today. It is about objectives and taking confidence into the next game.”

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