Thomas Tuchel is pulling rabbits out of hats for Chelsea and for his next trick he needs to transform Kai Havertz into the world-beater the Blues thought they were signing.
One of the reasons Tuchel got the job was to get more out of Havertz and Timo Werner, who has spent months looking like he couldn’t hit a bar door with a banjo.
But Werner scored his first league goal in over three months to help give Tuchel a fifth straight win on Monday night in his sixth unbeaten game in charge.
And the Germany striker also helped to create Olivier Giroud’s opener as Newcastle struggled to cope with the home side at Stamford Bridge.
Werner was signed from Leipzig to much fanfare, with Chelsea hoping he could make a run at the Golden Boot and push them into the Campions League.
But his confidence looked like it had hit rock bottom during a 14-game scoreless run in the top-flight lasting 1000 minutes.
You could almost see the relief as he finally hit the target and the weight was lifted from his shoulders.
But it was just more proof that whatever sorcery Tuchel is using, it is working – and at this rate a top-four finish no longer looks so far-fetched.
The Blues boss has got Werner scoring again. He has even got Kepa Arrizabalaga keeping clean sheets. And Chelsea are winning.
But if Tuchel can get Kai Havertz performing as well they might as well give him a wand, robes and an honorary diploma from Hogwarts.
Chelsea splashed out more than £70m to bring the Bayer Leverkusen star to the club in the hope he would help transform them into contenders.
It hasn’t worked out that way for the 21-year-old, who has struggled to adapt to the Premier League, suffered a bout of Covid, and is currently injured.
But Tuchel insisted before the Newcastle game that Chelsea will one day see the player who tore up the Bundesliga – and it remains one of his top priorities.
Tuchel said: “I am pretty sure we will see that. It takes it’s time and there is no short answer.
“If there was then I would go and talk to him to bring out his full potential. What we know and what we can rely on is this potential in him.
“here is logic to show it on the pitch. For every transfer and change of club is different, sometimes you need more time to adapt.
“Sometimes it is quick, sometimes it is a process. All we can do is push him, support him and give him what he needs and we will figure this out.”
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