One of the many great things about the Euros this summer is the big publications recruiting players and former greats to appear in their publications delivering regular columns.
A very enjoyable one from today was former Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas’ piece in The Telegraph.
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Cesc is a Chelsea fan favourite and is a very intelligent man when talking about football. When he talks, we listen.
His Chelsea career was decorative, and perhaps in some ways ended rather prematurely. But the now Monaco man is very much a keen supporter of Chelsea and has revealed that he watches ‘every single Chelsea game.’
Who better than to get their verdict and thoughts on two current Chelsea players, summer signings Timo Werner and Kai Havertz, who have both received criticisms and doubts from fans and pundits alike after their first season in English football.
However, Fabregas believes they will both come good.
“I watch every single Chelsea game, so I’ve followed the first seasons of the club’s two big German signings, Kai Havertz and Timo Werner, very closely and I am convinced next season we will start to really see the best of them.
“As a midfielder who likes to make assists, I have played behind strikers before who are going through a bad time or suffering with their confidence. It’s a bit of both that it can be frustrating that they miss chances, but I would also be thinking at some time Werner will score.
“The most important thing is that he keeps making the runs, that his timing is good, that he’s not offside and with his speed he will always get chances. Players like Werner are so valuable nowadays because players want the ball at their feet a lot and, as a midfielder, you would like this type of player to run on to your passes.
“I was talking to my Monaco team-mate Kevin Volland, who was a team-mate of Havertz at Bayer Leverkusen, and he told me that Havertz would usually struggle a little bit at the start of seasons to get going, but that once he gets a clear ride and is mentally good then he’s a fantastic player.
“Havertz didn’t start very, very well at Chelsea and sometimes he looked off the pace. But once Thomas Tuchel put him in a false nine position, it was working better. He didn’t have to touch a lot of the ball, but he helped the team tick. He was not losing the ball, he made everyone else secure, he was creating stuff. And I think at the end of the season, he was very, very good.
“I saw that both Werner and Havertz scored for Germany in their last warm-up game, so, hopefully, they can have a good tournament and, definitely, I think we will see different players for Chelsea next season.”