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Potter & Havertz offer glowing assessment of 22-year-old after exquisite Chelsea assist



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Enzo Fernandez has only been at Chelsea for six weeks but he has already earned the seal of approval from Graham Potter and his teammates.

The 22-year-old completed his move to Chelsea on deadline day in January after a £106.8 million deal was agreed with Benfica in the final hours to ensure the move was completed before the window shut.

Fernandez has settled into his new life in England quickly and moved into a house after living in a hotel in the first few weeks after joining Chelsea.

“I am really happy here and I am getting to know my teammates better,” admitted the Argentina international after Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League last week. “I am feeling more confident.”

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After making eight appearances for Chelsea so far, Fernandez has registered two assists and both have been of the highest quality.

The first came against West Ham in a 1-1 draw at the London Stadium last month when he lofted an aerial ball to find Joao Felix who volleyed into the back of the net.

Fernandez’s second assist came at the weekend against Leicester City in the 3-1 win over Brendan Rodgers’ side.

It was a delicate scoop on the edge of the box to find Kai Havertz in first stoppage time and he made no mistake of lifting it over Danny Ward to restore Chelsea’s lead.

The Germany international was full of praise for his new teammate at full-time, saying: “Yes I really enjoy playing with Enzo. He’s a great player and he has a lot of qualities. He’s shown this in the last few games and his ball for my goal was fantastic.”

Fernandez has already received the seal of approval from head coach Graham Potter in recent weeks.

But the 47-year-old was asked again about the midfielder post-match in the Midlands and believes this is only the start for Fernandez, who will only improve as the games, weeks and months pass.

“He’s a fantastic player, a young player,” added Potter. “I think he’s going to get better and better when he’s with us more. He’s just arrived to a new country and a new league so you always have to adapt to that.

“You can see his quality, when he gets the ball he passes forward. He sees everything.”

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