Kai Havertz and Timo Werner's Chelsea highlights after Premier League debuts vs Brighton


Chelsea made the perfect start to their Premier League campaign on Monday night.

The Blues returned to the site of their 1-1 pre-season draw when they locked horns with Brighton & Hove Albion, looking to prove themselves as outside contenders for Liverpool's title.

And although it's still too early to assess whether Frank Lampard's men can make themselves a real nuisance, they set the pace nicely by securing a 3-1 victory on the south coast.

Brighton 1-3 Chelsea

Jorginho fired the Blues into the lead with one of his trademark penalties, before a setback reared its head after the break when Kepa Arrizabalaga conceded tepidly from Leandro Trossard.

Nevertheless, the Spanish shot-stopper was bailed out when Reece James fired back with an absolute screamer and Kurt Zouma eventually wrapped up the three points with a deflected effort.

But let's not pretend as though Chelsea fans were directing their undivided attention to the game at large because the Monday night clash was also a showcase for some of their new signings.


How Werner and Havertz fared

Lampard wasn't able to completely flood his starting XI with new faces, mind, as the trio of Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell and Hakim Ziyech were absent from the squad for a variety of reasons.

However, the Chelsea boss did have the German duo of Timo Werner and Kai Havertz available for deployment on the night and he held nothing back by handing them both full debuts.

That begs the question then: how did they fare? Of course, you can only judge so much from their first competitive games, but there's no harm in getting a feel for their performances regardless.


Werner and Havertz's stats

Well, although neither player set the world alight, it goes without saying that Werner looked far more effective than his compatriot - winning the early penalty and proving a constant scoring threat.

Havertz, on the other hand, while by no means poor, struggled to settle with a number of misplaced passes and moments which, albeit cliched, showed him struggling with the physicality.

But before we go any further, let's see what the statistics say about their performances, so keep scrolling to see how Werner and Havertz's data shaped up on their debuts.

Werner and Havertz's highlights

As we all know, however, a bunch of numbers only goes so far towards illustrating a performance, but fear not because Twitter user @CF_Comps provides the perfect solution for that.

The video editor has stitched together the German duo's key moments at the Amex - neither favouring particularly good or bad parts - and it certainly shows off Werner's superior display.

You can check out the full video down below:

GIVEMESPORT's Kobe Tong says

When I point out that Werner enjoyed a better debut than Havertz, it's not me insinuating that it's some sort of competition and like I've said, 90 minutes at Brighton only tells us so much.

Nevertheless, I am inclined to think that it gives us an early indication that Havertz could take longer than his compatriot to adapt to both a new team and the English brand of football.

It goes without saying that Werner has made over 100 more appearances in the professional game than Havertz as well as having prior experience of switching clubs during his career.

And if nothing else, lest we forget that Havertz - while, yes, one of the world's best starlets - is still finding his feet at 21 years old.


So, sure, Havertz might not have impressed on his debut in the same way that Werner did, but there can be no denying that Chelsea have snatched themselves two of Europe's finest players.

This is just the beginning and that's got to be a very scary thought for those competing with the Blues.

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