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Chelsea 4-0 Morecambe: 5 Talking Points as Blues secure progress to the fourth round | FA Cup 2020-21Β 

Ume Elvis
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Modified 10 Jan 2021
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#3 Kai Havertz registers a goal and assist, but the jury is still out on him

Havertz had a goal and assist for Chelsea
Havertz had a goal and assist for Chelsea

Following some breathtaking displays with Bayer Leverkusen in the German Bundesliga, Chelsea broke their club-record transfer fee to sign Kai Havertz last summer.

It was expected that the Germany international will help the club build on the gains made last season, but so far, that has not been the case.

The 21-year-old has struggled to adapt to life in England, while his tryst with COVID-19 also played a role in limiting his impact on the field.

Having been left out of the starting lineup in recent weeks, Kai Havertz was given a chance to impress against Morecambe and he duly provided a goal and assist to help Chelsea to the win.

He showed his underlying talent and skill with his assist for Timo Werner's goal - an ingenious header over Mark Halstead - allowing his international colleague to score the easiest goal of his career.

A late goal was scored by Havertz to round out what was a solid display, but on the overall balance of play, he did not put in a performance that did his abilities justice.

There were several occasions when the Germany international was guilty of making the wrong decision in the final third, while his normally pristine passing was also off-color on some instances.

There was a gilt-edged chance missed late on before he got on the scoresheet with a well-taken header.

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While his performance might not have been top-notch, Kai Havertz registered a goal and assist, which will do his confidence a world of good ahead of what will be a defining few months in Chelsea's season.

#2 Birthday boy Mason Mount inspires Chelsea to victory

Mount opened the scoring
Mount opened the scoring

Mason Mount has undoubtedly been Lampard's most trusted player in his fledgling managerial career, with the England international following his manager from Derby County on to Chelsea.

While he does get a lot of stick from fans for myriad reasons, it cannot be denied that Mount is a technically gifted player and his professionalism on the field makes him a coach's dream.

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Against Morecambe, the the 22-year-old was handed his 20th start in all competitions this season on his birthday.

He gave himself the perfect birthday gift when he opened the scoring for Chelsea in the 18th minute.

Mount has particularly proven adept at taking shots from distance, with this strike his 4th goal from outside the box for his boyhood club since 2019 - no Chelsea player has scored more in this period.

The former Derby man was substituted for Tammy Abraham with 16 minutes to go and in his 74 minutes on the field, Mount contributed three key passes, completed one dribble and had a pass accuracy of 88.2%.

#1 Timo Werner breaks goal drought for Chelsea

Werner scored his first goal since November
Werner scored his first goal since November

Like Havertz, Timo Werner was signed following his stunning exploits in the Bundesliga but like his compatriot, things have not gone to plan at Stamford Bridge.

The 24-year-old came into this clash having scored just eight goals from 24 games for Chelsea, while he was on a run of 14 games without a goal for club or country.

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These are hardly numbers that you associate with a striker of Werner's qualities, and despite having the full backing of his manager, questions had begun to be asked of the Germany international.

His lack of confidence was evident early in the game when he missed chances that should have been buried but a good piece of skill by Havertz allowed him break his long goal drought.

Despite not doing much for most of the game, Timo Werner would have been glad to be back among the goals and Chelsea fans will be hoping he can kick on from here.

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Published 10 Jan 2021, 23:00 IST
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