Chelsea boss Frank Lampard says there’s more to come from new boys Kai Havertz and Timo Werner after the pair made their full debuts in the Blues’ win against Brighton.
The Blues kicked off their Premier League campaign with a 3-1 win on the south coast, where Lampard handed full debuts to both of his new German acquisitions.
Werner played a part in Chelsea’s opener when he was taken down by Mat Ryan in the area following an interception high up the field, which allowed Jorginho to score from 12 yards.
Havertz had a quiet debut and it was clear that the former Bayer Leverkusen midfielder will need him time with his team-mates to bed in at the club.
But Lampard was impressed with both of his new buys and says they’ll only get better from here.
Asked first about Havertz’s performance, Lampard said: ‘I liked him. It’s not a game where you come away and say ‘there’s 10 vintage moments’ but I thought there were moments of big quality and calmness.
‘It’s a big ask [to settle in immediately] there’s lot on his shoulders for the singing that he was he’s young and coming into a new league.
‘He plays the game at such a quality and the way in which he receives the ball. We saw a few glimpses of that. We saw him sprint back 80 yards to make a tackle after giving the ball away. Everything I’ve seen in terms of his character is spot on.
‘His quality will come through. It’s asking a lot for him tonight but we saw glimpses. We’re going to see a lot more of him, I think he’s a hugely talented young player.’
‘I love the way Timo pops up in different areas,’ said Lampard.
‘He’s not a front man that attaches to centre-backs. Sometimes he can start from a bit deeper and we saw that with the burst of pace [for the penalty] the ball was overplayed but he still got there.
‘He has that about him. He’s got a real hunger to score goals. I think we saw a lot of signs of what he’s going to bring’
Leandro Trossard levelled for Brighton midway through the second half in what was a deserved equaliser for the home side but Reece James’s stunning strike just a minute later put Chelsea ahead again.
In a disjointed performance, Chelsea found themselves two goals up when Kurt Zouma’s strike deflected in to hand the Blues all three points.
Lampard’s side host champions Liverpool at Stamford Bridge next week, where they’ll hope to have Hakim Ziyech and Ben Chilwell available.
The pair missed the visit to the south coast alongside fellow new boy Thiago Silva, while Christian Pulisic was not fit enough for a place in the squad.