Kai Havertz dominated the headlines in the aftermath of Chelsea's 6-0 win over Barnsley on Wednesday, and justifiably so.
The German bagged his first, second and third goals in Chelsea blue (also his first senior hat-trick), and looked to be at his dangerous best at the tip of Frank Lampard's midfield - the position most fans will tell you is his best.
However, he only managed that kind of performance because of some excellent work from striker Tammy Abraham.
Abraham has faced a battle to win back his place in Chelsea's starting lineup after losing it back in February. Olivier Giroud took his spot last season and Timo Werner has commanded minutes this year, meaning Wednesday was Abraham's first start this season.
He definitely made the most of his opportunity, bagging one goal and playing a crucial part in all three of Havertz's strikes.
His goal was impressive, showcasing some quick reactions to bully a defender and slot home - but it was everything apart from his goal which really caught the eye.
For Havertz's first, there was a delightful dummy which allowed Mason Mount's pass to run through his legs and into the path of the onrushing German. This was the first indication that the pair might be on the same wavelength already.
A delightful flick brought about Havertz's second and an impressive pass brought the third, with Abraham showcasing a side of his game that fans haven't really seen from him before.
What's so refreshing about this situation is that it was abundantly clear just how much work Abraham has been putting in since being dropped. He looked at Giroud and the reasons why the Frenchman was brought in - creativity, link-up play and work rate - and he introduced those things to his own game.
He was the perfect sidekick for Havertz, who needs a striker like that to vacate the space in the box for him. The German does his best work when he gets into advanced areas, and Abraham looked to be well aware of that.
"I think he’s a very, very good striker and I think our partnership on the pitch was very good," Havertz said of Abraham's performance (via Metro). "It was our first game together but I like him very much as a striker. For me as a No. 10 it’s very good to play with him."
Sure, it was just one game, but Abraham showed all the signs of being a complete striker, and one who could operate as perhaps a second or third option. It was like Roberto Firmino at Liverpool, whose job is to make sure Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah look good.
Abraham could have a similar role with Havertz and fellow new arrival Werner, who needs to find a spot to fit into this puzzle somewhere too.
Werner enjoys drifting around and exploiting pockets of space too, and he did it to devastating effect alongside Yussuf Poulsen in Leipzig. Poulsen being Robin allowed Werner to be Batman.
It would come as no surprise to see Werner operate on the left of Chelsea's attack, with Havertz in the central role behind Abraham in attack. The Englishman looks prepared to help his team-mates shine at the expense of personal statistics, and you can guarantee Lampard will love that.
It's a system which clearly brought the best out of Havertz, and Lampard now has a decision to make. Abraham deserves minutes, and he could be the key to unlocking Havertz.
In Leverkusen, Havertz formed 'Bravertz' with close friend Julian Brandt. Could we have something similar here?
Source : 90min