Kai Havertz gave Chelsea fans a long-awaited glimpse into the player they believed would sign when he arrived at Stamford Bridge as the German playmaker pulled the strings in the 2-0 Premier League win over Everton held in hand.
The 21-year-old Havertz was instrumental in both goals on Monday night, forcing Everton’s Ben Godfrey to own the first half before winning a penalty in the second half converted by Italian metronome Jorginho.
The win, which kept the Blues unbeaten in eleven games in all competitions under new coach Thomas Tuchel, cemented Chelsea’s fourth place in the Premier League table as they were in fifth place four points ahead of Everton and third in third place Points behind Leicester.
The win on Monday was proof of the effect that Tuchel had on the entire field since he took command of the sacked Frank Lampard at the end of January.
That was no more than Havertz, the summer arrival with big money at the bridge, which so far had a stuttering start to life in England, although this was partially hampered by the ongoing effects of a Covid infection.
Havertz returned to the starting XI alongside compatriot Timo Werner and was the spark for this victory when he converted a cross from Marcos Alonso to Godfrey and into the Everton network to overcome the impasse after 31 minutes.
Havertz went on what many would hope was a breakthrough in a Chelsea shirt as he helped secure his team’s second of the evening just past the hour. He raced to touch the ball past Everton’s goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, whose sliding momentum brought him down.
Jorginho converted the penalty to keep his perfect record from the spot this season, while Chelsea comfortably secured the win they deserved against Carlo Ancelotti’s Champions League pursuers.
100% – Only James Milner in 2016-17 (7/7) has scored more goals in a single Premier League season, with all coming from the penalty spot than Jorginho this season (6/6). Specialists. # CHEEVEpic.twitter.com / B40mdNrsLc
– OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 8, 2021
For many, the performance gave hope for bigger and better things, especially from Havertz, who persuaded owner Roman Abramovich to part with around £ 75million early in the season to bring him to West London.
Kai Havertz 100% man of the game for me man, what an achievement in his first start in a while.
– Mod (@CFCMod_) March 8, 2021
We saw signs, but ladies and gentlemen, Kai Havertz has arrived! 🔥
– Simon Phillips (@siphillipssport) March 8, 2021
Havertz wasn’t the only one to impress, however. Alonso again showed his threat on the left, symbolizing Chelsea’s revival under Tuchel after being frozen by Lampard.
Danish center-back Andreas Christensen was another formidable player, yet another token of confidence in the German specialist who is now occupying the Chelsea shelter.
Christensen is the perfect modern CB if he believes he is one of the best CBs, just like John Stones. He’s the player I’ve been most impressed with since Tuchel came on
– AJ (@ KZN22_) March 8, 2021
I love the way Tuchel uses the squad.
– Vince ™ (@Blue_Footy) March 8, 2021
I love the way Thomas Tuchel is building a 20-man blue army that basically fights for Chelsea every week. Similar to Pep’s methods, in this sense it doesn’t matter who plays each week. They all know their jobs!
– Harry Saratov (@HKSaratov), Aug. March 2021
For Tuchel, it was his own piece of history as he became the first manager in Premier League history to lead his team to a goal in each of his first five home games in the competition.
5 – Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is the first manager in Premier League history to have seen his team clean in each of his first five home games. Solid. # CHEEVEpic.twitter.com / 0YjAnP0Xya
– OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 8, 2021
Next up for Chelsea is a trip to Leeds on Saturday before they face Atletico Madrid with a narrow 1-0 lead from the first game on the second leg of the Champions League in the round of 16.