🦁 Premier League Player of the Week - Record signing shows his class

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Padraig Whelan

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It’s been a Premier League matchday filled with surprise results, late drama and, of course, VAR controversy.

Our player of week from it all is …

Kai Havertz (Chelsea)

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The club record signing has found it difficult to live up to the hype since his move from Bayer Leverkusen last summer.

We’ve seen tantalising flashes of his incredible ability but had still been waiting for the breakout league performance.

This may have been it.

Christian Pulisic could also stake a claim for being the Blues’ star man in their 4-1 win at Crystal Palace with his two-goal showing.

But it was the whole package that the German provided which is why he gets the nod from us for his display at Selhurst Park.

Operating in a false nine role, it didn’t take him long to show that he was up for this one with a beautiful curling finish into the corner after just eight minutes.

Although he was given too much space to pick his spot, that goal actually came about after Havertz himself had won the ball on the left of Palace’s penalty area.

It was also, surprisingly, his first Premier League in almost six months, clearly fired up by Thomas Tuchel’s warning that he was getting a ‘second chance’ to prove himself.

His ability to drift into dangerous pockets and pounce was a staple of his time in Germany and was on show moments later when he found room to pick out Pulisic for a quickfire second.

Perhaps his finest moment wasn’t either of those but actually his entry for one of the ‘great goals that never were’ gallery with a ridiculous first touch in midair to flick the ball over a defender’s head and then follow-up volley, which was well saved.

Even attempting such a difficult skill seems to suggest that the 21-year-old’s confidence is back up and that he’s ready to prove himself as the man Chelsea have been waiting for.

“I like this position, it is a good one for me,” he said afterwards about his role. “I have the freedom to go wherever I want.

“I think I have to prove it in more games but I’ll give my best to keep this going.”

The quality is clear. Time for consistency.