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Kai Havertz comes of age vs Fulham after understandable early struggles

IT was a new league, in a new country, during a pandemic without close friends and family around, in a totally unfamiliar situation at a very young age.

And on top of that, he got Covid-19 quite bad and took him a while to recover from it.

Kai Havertz could be Chelsea's jewel in the crown at the business end of the season


Kai Havertz could be Chelsea’s jewel in the crown at the business end of the seasonCredit: Getty

If any player in the world had a valid excuse to take some time to show his real form after arriving at a new club this summer, then Kai Havertz is that guy. 

But the German international has been slowly announcing himself onto the Premier League scene over the last couple of months.

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And in the 2-0 win against Fulham, he really stood high and let everyone know that he has fully arrived in England, and fully arrived at Chelsea. 

Playing in the false nine position once again, Havertz was an absolute menace to the Fulham defence and ended up scoring both of Chelsea’s goals to beat Scott Parker’s side. 

The way he calmly tucked both of his goals away tonight really showed the confidence he is now playing with, and the flair he can show on a regular basis. 

He didn’t just score two good goals though, his overall play and contribution all over the park was majestic.

He was even defending well in our own box winning headers, and making some good interceptions, so it wasn’t all about the attacking phase. 

He was excellent tonight, and Thomas Tuchel will be over the moon that he has arrived on the scene just in time, right at the business end of the season to help Chelsea secure top four in the Premier League.

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Havertz takes the plaudits following his tow-goal salvo against Fulham


Havertz takes the plaudits following his tow-goal salvo against FulhamCredit: Getty

And of course he can help them with their pursuit of the FA Cup and the Champions League. 

The result tonight will go a massive way in helping Chelsea secure top four for a start, and they were never really under any real pressure from Fulham despite their high intense press. 

The game was surprisingly open in the first half though, and if it wasn’t for three top class Edouard Mendy saves then it could have been a slightly different story.

However, Chelsea had some big chances of their own that they failed to put away, reiterating what an open game it was in the end.

But it was Chelsea’s day and their quality really shone through on the night, especially in an attack that was lead by Kai Havertz.

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