Kai Havertz scored a hat-trick as Chelsea romped to a 6-0 victory against Barnsley and into the fourth round of the League Cup last night.
Tammy Abraham opened the scoring for a much-changed Chelsea side, and Havertz doubled their lead before the break. Ross Barkley then notched a third early in the second half at Stamford Bridge before Havertz added two more.
It was a night of good news for Chelsea’s new signings and Frank Lampard as Thiago Silva made his debut for the club, and Ben Chilwell also enjoyed his first appearance, stepping off the bench to assist a late sixth for fellow substitute Olivier Giroud.
The 21-year-old Havertz played in his favoured position behind the striker after being tried in various roles in the forward line so far by manager Frank Lampard. He looked more at home as a “No. 10” and his finishing was assured, albeit against modest opposition.
Silva, meanwhile, lasted 61 minutes before being withdrawn by Lampard as the Brazil centre back looks to build up match sharpness before a league debut, which could come at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.
Chelsea has spent more than $250 million on new players ahead of this season, with Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech and Ben Chilwell also joining for big fees. Chilwell came on as a 66th-minute substitute against Barnsley for his debut, replacing Havertz, and set up the sixth goal scored by Olivier Giroud.
Arsenal won 2-0 at Leicester in an all-Premier League matchup thanks to an own-goal and a late strike by Eddie Nketiah, while Everton, Newcastle, Brighton, Burnley and Fulham enjoyed victories over lower-league opponents.
Newcastle routed fourth-tier Morecambe 7-0, with Joelinton scoring twice, while another Brazilian forward, Richarlison, netted two goals for Everton as Carlo Ancelotti’s side overwhelmed Fleetwood in a 5-2 away win.
Brighton, Burnley and Fulham all won 2-0, against Preston, Millwall and Sheffield Wednesday, respectively.
Manchester United were among the teams to advance on Tuesday.