Kai Havertz nets hat-trick to silence Chelsea doubters after Lampard praise

It may have taken him a couple more games than many expected, but Kai Havertz showed Chelsea fans why Frank Lampard signed him by scoring a hat-trick in the Carabao Cup.

Havertz was signed by Bayer Leverkusen in the summer but endured a tough start to his Blues career despite high expectations.

He failed to make much of an impression against Brighton having been played on the wing then struggled against Liverpool up front.

Lampard backed him following that performance, which saw him subbed at half-time, saying the German needs to get fit.

Tammy Abraham led the line against Barnsley, but Havertz showed why Chelsea paid a record fee for him with a hat-trick.

His first saw him confidently slot it past the keeper after a neat dummy by Abraham before Havertz doubled his tally with a tap in.

And he netted his third in similar style before being given a well-deserved rest with Chelsea cruising.

Many had been questioning whether Havertz was cut out for English football, with Blues boss Lampard praising the star.

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"Kai has played various positions in career, as number nine, number eight and a number 10," Lampard had said.

"He played lots off the right for Leverkusen and I have my own vision going forward.

"The key now is getting him fit. Kai, with the situation we are in we aren't in a position where we can wait. We need to get him fit, and it'll become very clear why he's here."

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Lampard’s praise had come after Jamie Carragher questioned where Havertz fit in at Stamford Bridge.

The Sky Sports pundit had said: “I do look and think, ‘where does Havertz play? Where does he fit into a 4-3-3?’

“He almost looks like a No 10 and we don't see them as much in football now. Where he played today [vs Liverpool], I don't think that suited Chelsea.”

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