Kai Havertz had endured somewhat a slow start to his Chelsea career after failed to impressed in his last couple of the for Premier League giants.
But on Wednesday’s night the 21-year-old attacking midfielder produced remarkable performances as he netted his first professional hat-trick as Chelsea thrashing Championship side Barnsley 6-0.
The German international was also creating two more key chances, completing four out six dribbles and winning five tackles, one of those leading to Ross Barkley’s goal.
It was the night that the £89m signing from Bayer Leverkusen arrived in English football, clamping shut the mouths of those who had made sweeping judgment following a rusty game and a half of Premier League action.
Sure, Championships club Barnsley are not at full strength does not compare to the quality Kai Havertz will be expected to perform against twice a week as a Blues player but this was about heading in that direction.
The goals were well taken, calm and composed, but what stood out most was the movement, his ability to find little pockets of space and link-up with Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount.
Playing in the No10 role after starting on the right wing away to Brighton and as a false nine against Liverpool past weekend, there were more diagonal runs and – promisingly – a series of give-and-gos with Mason Mount.
Similar can be said for how he linked up with Abraham, who excelled up front, and if you consider Timo Werner and Havertz already know each other from Germany action then the picture of where the headline summer signing should start become clearer.
He has previously stated that No10 favourite position but is happy to play anywhere once he is on the field. Fair enough but this a talent worth building a team around rather than trying to fit in and accommodate others.
Even boss Frank Lampard has heaped praised on playmaker – insisted he knows his best position and that his role in the side will become clear when he reaches full fitness.
‘I’m delighted with Kai, it was everything I wanted the night to be for him,’ said Lampard.
‘Because Kai has had no pre-season, and signing for the club took a few days out for him as well.’Tonight was a great exercise for him to see how we want to work off the ball, for him to be a part of that.
‘He made a great recovery tackle for Ross’ goal. And then to also just have some freedom on the ball and roam in more central areas.
‘I thought it was a great combination with Tammy,and I was pleased with the way he grew into the game in terms of confidence. It was a great night for Kai, and the first of many for him.’