The German duo of Kai Havertz and Timo Werner joined Chelsea last summer from Bayer Leverkusen and RB Leipzig respectively. The duo developed into quality players in the Bundesliga and were among the most feared players in the German top-flight prior to their arrivals at Stamford Bridge.
The combined fee for the duo was £117 million and so naturally there was much excitement around their arrivals and fans expected them to be matchwinners.
It is still too early to give an honest assessment of Havertz and Werner
It is still too early to give an honest and true assessment of the players. They have certainly not made an immediate impact like Bruno Fernandes did at Manchester United after joining the Red Devils from Sporting Lisbon in January. However, they have shown glimpses of quality.
Werner has now not found the back of the net in his last nine games and Havertz in his last 12. Werner appears to play his best football when he is utilized as a lone striker and not when he is to the right or left of the front three. With Tammy Abraham now finding form and Olivier Giroud remaining his reliable usual self, one can hope that this can help to bring out the best in his game again.
Havertz appears to be lacking an end product. His natural football intelligence can be seen. Perhaps all that he needs is some time. Some players do tend to take longer to adapt than others. He is also still just 21 and whilst he has vast professional experience, it is important to realize that most other players his age are still fringe players at their respective clubs.
Chelsea may not win the league this season. Winning it will be a bonus but this season should be about getting the team to gel and achieving consistency- something which has lacked over the past three years. There will be no excuses not to challenge for the league next season.