Chelsea star Kai Havertz has hailed his team-mate Raheem Sterling after his brace against Leicester and admits he is ‘excited’ about their partnership at the club.
The Blues overcame a tough spell with ten men after Conor Gallagher’s red card to win 2-1 against the Foxes thanks to Sterling’s heroics and Havertz insists he has made a big impression at Stamford Bridge.
Sterling arrived for £50million from Man City this summer and took a few games to adjust but has now given fans a glimpse of what he can offer them this season after an assist and two goals in his last three games.
‘We needed goals, he scored two goals in the end and that’s the most important thing,’ Havertz said after beating Leicester.
‘In the end, I think he did well and he helped us a lot today. It is very exciting [having a player like that around]. We have played four games and he has shown his quality today again.
‘Sometimes it takes a bit of time to adapt 100 per cent, but he has adapted very fast and we can build on that in the future.
‘We are all delighted for him. You can see in every training session how much work and effort he puts in, and he just deserves it.
‘It is nice to play with him. He has lot of experience and knows how to move, and it helps you a lot if you have such experienced players next to you. His style of play suits us very well.’
Sterling’s manager Thomas Tuchel was also pleased with Sterling’s impact and hailed him for ‘never being shy’ to pounce for goalscoring opportunities.
‘Everybody is waiting for the goals, he is waiting for the goals. He’s here to score and he’s never shy to say it and take the responsibility,’ Tuchel added. ‘It’s up to us to give him the opportunities.
‘There is not one per cent of doubt that he will do it because he has done it over years and years in this league.
‘He is mobile, dangerous and breaks the lines so it will come. In the moment, he struggled a little bit with his confidence and dribbling, you could see. Then we were one man down and it wasn’t obvious he would get the chances to score but he got three of them and he scored twice.
‘This was super important not just for us but for him individually.’