The 2020 summer transfer window is a period that no Chelsea supporter is likely to ever forget.
After finishing fourth in Frank Lampard’s maiden season in charge at Stamford Bridge last term, the Blues’ hierarchy made the decision to loosen the purse strings and significantly bolster the squad in an attempt to turn them back into genuine Premier League title contenders.
In total, the Blues, who face London rivals Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Boxing Day, drafted in seven new recruits as they splashed out more than £220million.
Among the seven new arrivals in west London were German duo Kai Havertz and Timo Werner.
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Havertz joined the Blues from Bayer Leverkusen in a deal worth an initial fee of around £72million, while Werner made the switch from fellow Bundesliga club RB Leipzig.
Though Chelsea also drafted in the likes of Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell and Hakim Ziyech, Havertz and Werner were the statement signings, with the pair having attracted interest from some of European football’s biggest clubs prior to moving to Stamford Bridge.
However, the duo have so far struggled for consistency since arriving in the Premier League, with neither of them having yet been able to hit top gear.
Havertz, in 18 appearances in all competitions, has scored four goals and registered four assists, with three of those four goals coming in September’s Carabao Cup win over Championship side Barnsley.
But in fairness to the 21-year-old attacking-midfielder, he was struck down by Covid-19 in early November, hindering his chances of making early progress at Stamford Bridge.
And it is the time that Havertz was forced to take up a watching brief that has cost him, according to Lampard, with the Chelsea boss confident that he will soon start to showcase his talents to the Blues supporters…