Former Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas is certain that both Timo Werner and Kai Havertz will improve during their second season at Chelsea.
The Blues invested heavily in the German pair last summer, and while both have shown signs of promise, neither has yet justified the money spent on signing them. Fabregas does, though, believe the two players will come good sooner rather than later:
“I watch every single Chelsea game, so I’ve followed the first seasons of the club’s two big German signings, Kai Havertz and Timo Werner, very closely and I am convinced next season we will start to really see the best of them. As a midfielder who likes to make assists, I have played behind strikers before who are going through a bad time or suffering with their confidence. It’s a bit of both that it can be frustrating that they miss chances, but I would also be thinking at some time Werner will score…”
“Havertz didn’t start very, very well at Chelsea and sometimes he looked off the pace. But once Thomas Tuchel put him in a false nine position, it was working better. He didn’t have to touch a lot of the ball, but he helped the team tick. He was not losing the ball, he made everyone else secure, he was creating stuff. And I think at the end of the season, he was very, very good.”
Havertz’s winner in the Champions League final last month will certainly help the 21-year-old kick on next campaign, and supporters are far less concerned about him than they are about Werner.
While Fabregas simply puts the forward’s lack of goals down to bad luck, it was worrying that his poor finishing was a problem throughout the season. At 25, he is hardly a youngster and despite contributing massively to the team in other ways, he was a big disappointment in terms of what he was signed to do: score goals. Whether he manages to find his shooting boots over the summer, we shall see.