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Chelsea legend backs German goal kings Werner & Havertz to shine

Kai Havertz, Timo Werner
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Pat Nevin believes the possibility of goals from Werner and Havertz is ‘extraordinary’ ahead of the German duo’s maiden campaigns for Chelsea.

Timo Werner and Kai Havertz are perhaps the biggest coups of the summer transfer window, with Chelsea splashing a combined €133m on the pair alone.

The former Bundesliga stars are expected to help inspire a new golden era in west London along with fellow star recruits Hakim Ziyech and Ben Chilwell.

These signings, however, have piled the pressure on Frank Lampard for this season. The Chelsea coach is aware expectations are higher than ever and that topping the previous campaign’s feats is a must.

But while Lampard may be under extra pressure than last season, Nevin reckons the new recruits will pay off handsomely for him.

“It is hard not to be excited by Timo Werner for a kickoff,” Nevin wrote in his column for the club’s website.

“He scores in his first outing for the Blues against Brighton and then follows it up with a superb striker’s goal for Germany against Spain.

“He could well start the season on fire. Both he and Kai Havertz could take a little while to settle in, though I doubt it, but when they do the possibility of goals from both is extraordinary.”

The former Blues winger added: “Considering the fact that last season I felt we should build the next few years of the club around Christian Pulisic and his potential, we now have three of that standard and that is before you even begin to consider Hakim Ziyech and the quality kids that have come through upfront, such as Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.  

“It is amazing to think we have let Pedro and Willian go and to be honest, is anyone at all worried about the gap being left behind by their absence? They were wonderful players for us and it is not disrespectful in any way, but it does speak volumes for the recruitment policy this summer.”