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Thursday, October 21, 2021

“Looks like he’s a real player” – Peter Crouch claims Chelsea star is more than capable of replacing injured Lukaku and Werner

  Former Liverpool striker Peter Crouch believes Kai Havertz is more than capable of leading the line for Chelsea in the absence of Timo Wer...

 

Former Liverpool striker Peter Crouch believes Kai Havertz is more than capable of leading the line for Chelsea in the absence of Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku. The Blues lost both Lukaku and Werner to injury during the UEFA Champions League fixture against Malmo.



Chelsea picked up a comfortable 4-0 victory against Malmo on Matchday 3 of the 2021-22 Champions League on Wednesday (October 20). However, the result was overshadowed by a double injury scare.

Summer signing Lukaku hobbled off in the 23rd minute after rolling his ankle in the build-up to the Blues' opening goal. A little over 20 minutes later, the Belgian's strike partner Werner went down clutching his hamstring. The German required assistance and was helped off the pitch.

Lukaku and Werner were replaced by Kai Havertz and Callum Hudson-Odoi respectively. The latter two then combined for Chelsea's third goal on the night with the German placing a delicate chip over the goalkeeper into the back of the net.

Analyzing the game on BT Sport 2 (via The Chelsea Chronicle), Peter Crouch praised Havertz and claimed the German forward was the real deal. He said:

“The two substitutes (Havertz and Hudson-Odoi) combine really well… Havertz looks like he’s a real player, he just needs a consistent run in the team. I think he might get that now if Werner and Lukaku are out.”

Havertz is certainly set to get a run in the team now due to Lukaku and Werner's absence. It is worth noting that another Chelsea forward, Christian Pulisic, is also currently on the sidelines nursing an ankle injury. The winger last played in Chelsea's 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace on Matchday 1 of the Premier League.

Hakim Ziyech is another option available in the squad, but he has struggled for form since arriving at Stamford Bridge. Ziyech was an unused substitute against Malmo and has started just four games for Chelsea this season.

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