Cesc Fabregas may have left Chelsea in January 2019, but he still keeps an eye on events at his former club.
And ahead of the 2021/22 season, the Spaniard is tipping Timo Werner and Kai Havertz to show their best form following their respective mixed debut campaigns in west London.
Werner was one of Chelsea ‘s first signings last summer after his £47.5m release clause was activated, while he was later joined by Havertz in a deal that cost more than £70m.
Whilst both players experienced dips throughout the season, both ended it rather well with Havertz signing off with the winning goal in last month’s Champions League final against Manchester City.
It can take players a full season to adjust to the demands of the Premier League and Fabregas has suggested that the German duo can be Thomas Tuchel ‘s two untouchables next term.
“I watch every single Chelsea game, so I’ve followed the first seasons of the club’s two big German signings, Kai Havertz and Timo Werner, very closely and I am convinced next season we will start to really see the best of them,” Fabregas wrote in his column for the Telegraph.
“As a midfielder who likes to make assists, I have played behind strikers before who are going through a bad time or suffering with their confidence. It’s a bit of both that it can be frustrating that they miss chances, but I would also be thinking at some time Werner will score.
“The most important thing is that he keeps making the runs, that his timing is good, that he’s not offside and with his speed he will always get chances.
“Players like Werner are so valuable nowadays because players want the ball at their feet a lot and, as a midfielder, you would like this type of player to run on to your passes.
“I’d definitely still keep trying to find him in games because when your own team-mates start doubting you, this is the worst feeling you can have because you feel it.
“What I like is to talk to people always in a positive way, even if in training they miss then you say ‘well done, the next one will go in’. Even if it has to be 100 times. Football is so much about confidence and what’s in your head and especially strikers who depend so much on scoring or not scoring.
“If they miss, it’s when you need to support them the most.”
Fabregas also suggested that Havertz’s best position is through the middle in a false nine role amid talk of the Blues signing a new striker with the likes of Erling Haaland, Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku all linked.
“I was talking to my Monaco team-mate Kevin Volland, who was a team-mate of Havertz at Bayer Leverkusen, and he told me that Havertz would usually struggle a little bit at the start of seasons to get going, but that once he gets a clear ride and is mentally good then he’s a fantastic player,” Fabregas added.
“Havertz didn’t start very, very well at Chelsea and sometimes he looked off the pace.
“But once Thomas Tuchel put him in a false nine position, it was working better. He didn’t have to touch a lot of the ball, but he helped the team tick. He was not losing the ball, he made everyone else secure, he was creating stuff.
“And I think at the end of the season, he was very, very good.
“I saw that both Werner and Havertz scored for Germany in their last warm-up game, so, hopefully, they can have a good tournament and, definitely, I think we will see different players for Chelsea next season.”