Overall, it was a promising weekend for Premier League debutants. Timothy Castagne impressed for Leicester City, James Rodriguez shone in Everton’s midfield and Gabriel looked commanding at the back for Arsenal.
However, Kai Havertz was unable to reach a similarly high level during his Chelsea bow.
The 21-year-old attacking midfielder was turning out for the Blues for the first time following his big-money move from Bayer Leverkusen as Frank Lampard’s side opened their league season with a 3-1 win away to Brighton & Hove Albion.
But while fellow debutant Timo Werner – who won the penalty for Chelsea’s opener – looked lively and Reece James caught the eye with a goal and an assist, Havertz struggled to make an impression before being replaced by Callum Hudson-Odoi with 10 minutes remaining.
While several of Lampard’s new recruits were not involved at the Amex Stadium, Havertz lined up alongside Werner in a rejuvenated Blues attack, with the German, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Mason Mount behind the former RB Leipzig striker in a 4-2-3-1.
Havertz’s debut was underwhelming as he featured in Chelsea’s win over Brighton
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But Havertz struggled to impose himself on the game against a lively Brighton side that caused Chelsea plenty of problems, managing just 38 touches during his time on the pitch.
Havertz completed 88 per cent of his 25 attempted passes but managed to complete only one pass into Brighton’s penalty area.
He also lost eight of his nine attacking duels and failed to touch the ball inside the Seagulls box.
In one key moment, Havertz wasn’t quite able to capitalise on some promising attacking scenarios. Having controlled Marcos Alonso’s throw-in impressively on the half-turn, he spotted Werner darting down the left flank into space.
Havertz took the throw in this stride and looked to set Chelsea racing