Chelsea new boys quick to show worth

Sports | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 16 Sep 2020

Frank Lampard believes Chelsea are already showing the benefits of his 200 million (HK$1.9 billion) spending spree as they kicked off their English Premier League campaign with a 3-1 win at Brighton.

Blues boss Lampard has splashed out on a host of new signings and the early returns on his lavish investment were promising.

Germany striker Timo Werner, a 53 million recruit from Leipzig, won the penalty that Jorginho converted to put Chelsea ahead. Kai Havertz, who made a 70 million switch from Bayer Leverkusen, wasn't quite so impactful, but Lampard is confident.

"Timo's speed to win the penalty showed he is sharp ... He is very mobile and I liked his performance," Lampard said. "With Kai we saw a lot as well ... both of them will be huge players for this club."

Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga was guilty of another mistake when Leandro Trossard equalized for Brighton. But strikes from Reece James and Kurt Zouma sealed the points.

Chelsea finished 33 points behind champions Liverpool in fourth last season, but they are primed to improve with the new signings. "To expect everything to click on day one is very difficult. But what they did do was show a bit of determination," Lampard said.

Lampard's other expensive recruits, former Ajax playmaker Hakim Ziyech and ex-Leicester left-back Ben Chilwell, were both sidelined by injuries, while Thiago Silva wasn't available.

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