Kai Havertz scored a hat-trick as Chelsea romped to a 6-0 victory against Barnsley and into the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.
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 on Wednesday night, 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 a first appearance for the club off the bench – assisting a late sixth for fellow substitute Olivier Giroud.
Barnsley had a somewhat shaky start but grew in confidence and really took the game to Chelsea, testing their defence once or twice and forcing Silva and Fikayo Tomori into some errors early on.
But a mistake at the back cost them the opener on 19 minutes as a loose pass while trying to play out handed the ball to Abraham, and he took a touch before firing past Brad Collins.
Nine minutes later and Chelsea had doubled their advantage.
It was good work from Mason Mount as he cut in from the left and fed it through to Abraham, and his smart dummy allowed it to slip through to Havertz in the box, who finished calmly to notch his first goal for the club.
Any hopes of a Barnsley comeback were soon quelled in the second half. After 49 minutes they were responsible for their own downfall again as Alex Mowatt made it too easy for Havertz to nick it off his toe and find Barkley, who charged into the box and fired home.
Six minutes later it was four as Chelsea won the ball high up again and Mateo Kovacic played in Abraham, who found Havertz in the middle to slot in.
And after 65 minutes it was hat-trick completed as Havertz linked up with Abraham again, latching onto his ball in behind before beating the goalkeeper and sliding the ball into an empty net.
A fine night for Chelsea was then capped off on 83 minutes as Chilwell crossed for Giroud to nod home a sixth from close range.
Man of the Match – Kai Havertz
Kai Havertz scored his first goal for Chelsea against Barnsley in the Carabao Cup
It seems mad that a 21-year-old with just two Premier League appearances under his belt could be under any kind of immediate and significant pressure to perform, but the price tag and the nature of the modern game meant this was a huge night for Havertz.
He looked far more comfortable in a more central role, took his goals well and linked up brilliantly with Abraham, who deserves an honourable mention for his performance, too. You would expect Lampard to keep him at No 10 now going forward if he wants to get the best out of him.