Chelsea’s German connection find their form but true test is yet to come for Werner and Havertz
When Kai Havertz and Timo Werner signed for Chelsea in the summer, they probably didn’t expect to be starting an FA Cup third round tie against a League Two side on a baltic Sunday afternoon desperate to find some form.
The big-money Bundesliga imports needed their fires stoking after a somewhat lethargic start of their careers in west London. Havertz had an excuse after he was struck down by Covid-19 that clearly knocked him for more than six, but for Werner he was just short on confidence in front of goal.
The former RB Leipzig man came into the Morecambe game without a goal in 13 games in all competitions. The former Bayer Leverkusen star Havertz had gone two more without finding the net.
But both ended their droughts by scoring in the comfortable third round victory over The Shrimps, adding to goals from Mason Mount and Callum Hudson-Odoi to secure a passage into round four.
After a slow start to their time in the Premier League – and their respective price tags -, Frank Lampard has been repeatedly asked about his two German stars and the manager has consistently defended them.
So it was no surprise when their names were brought up post-match after the 4-0 victory on Sunday: “I’m just pleased for him [Werner] because strikers want to score goals, he’s had a lot of near misses in that time.
“He’d been getting into positions to score goals but they hadn’t been going in for him.
“So I was pleased to play him today and for him to get confidence and get a goal.He gets his goal and that’s important.
“With him and Kai coming into the Premier League, some of the greatest PL players have needed time to settle to the league.
“And it’s a nice little step for both of them.”
“I think the level, I can’t call that because there are endless levels Kai can go up, because of the potential of the player and he’s young.
“He had Covid and suffered a bit and has come back.
Today I saw and again in the week in training I saw him fitter and stronger. There are levels for Kai to go up, but again we have to remain patient.
“He’s come here with a huge amount of talent, but has to get accustomed to the league, and we as a club must support him in that, now and for the future.
“It’s a small step in the big picture, but a good step.
Of course, a cup tie against a League Two side is not a huge barometer in terms of two season international players finding some sort of form heading into a crucial run of Premier League games for Lampard.
Chelsea have a west London derby against Fulham on Friday night before a big trip to Leicester City the following Tuesday. Only then will we see if Havertz and Werner have turned the corner after their respective struggles since signing for the club.
Lampard will have included the duo on Sunday in a bid for them to find some form and some confidence. They both did that and now it is up to them to carry it on back into the Premier League where they and their teammates have won just one of their last six games.