06 May 2021 by Grace Namiji
Kai Havertz’s Chelsea career has been a slow-burner but the gifted young German has demonstrated impeccable timing to ignite just as their season reaches a peak of possibilities.
Havertz arrived Chelsea last summer from Bayer Leverkusen, in a club record deal that could be worth around £71m, amid the sort of fanfare befitting one of the most coveted young forwards in Europe.
The 21-year-old’s languid style meant that for much of his time under Frank Lampard – the man in charge when he was signed – he looked ill-at-ease, off the pace and marginalized.
Havertz’s hopes of making an instant impact were further hampered when he contracted Covid-19 in November, recounting later that he spent “seven to 10 days just in my bed and everything was hurting”.