Havertz: Chelsea's most expensive player delivers after a season of waiting

Havertz: Chelsea's most expensive player delivers after a season of waiting

Kai Havertz has had a difficult 2020/21 season. Chelsea's most expensive signing appeared to be weighed down by his 80 million euro transfer fee, at least until the Champions League final.

The German managed nine goals and nine assists in 44 games, starting just 21 of those. Havertz has had to suffer and endure long periods of drought. But, over the course of the campaign he has improved, and that improvement accelerated after Thomas Tuchel's arrival.

Prior to Saturday's final, though, the German had played 19 games in the Champions League without scoring. Having played 19 games - 11 of those with Chelsea - he had only managed three assists and not a single goal.

By scoring his first Champions League goal in a final, he became the first player to do so since Ilkay Gundogan in 2013.

At 21 years and 352 days old, Havertz is the 11th youngest player to score in a Champions League final. Yet he is some way short of Patrick Kluivert's record of 18 years and 327 days old.

Furthermore, Havertz has become the first German player to score in a Champions League final for a non-German team.

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