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Triple treat - Havertz quickest to join Chelsea hat-trick club for 36 years

Kai Havertz made his mark on Chelsea club history on Wednesday when he notched his first three goals for the Blues in just his third game for the club.

In netting his treble in our 6-0 victory over Barnsley in the Carling Cup, the 21-year-old joined a select group of players who have bagged hat-tricks at this early stage of their Chelsea careers.

It wasn’t quite enough to match the club record jointly held by George Hilsdon and Seamus O’Connell who remain the only players to score hat-tricks on their Chelsea debuts.

Hilsdon thumped in five in a 9-2 trouncing of Glossop at Stamford Bridge on the opening day of the 1906/07 season while O’Connell got his first three for the Blues nearly half a century later in a wild 5-6 loss to Manchester United in October 1954.

Havertz did, however, join four other players from our illustrious past who needed only three matches to join the Chelsea hat-trick club.

Jimmy Windridge achieved the feat when we beat Hull City 5-1 in the third match of our inaugural campaign in September 1905, Jack Cock got his treble in a 4-0 victory over Preston North End in November 1919 and Alec Cheyne made his mark in a 6-2 thumping of Manchester United in September 1930.

The most recent player to emulate that mark before Havertz was Gordon Davies, who appeared in only 15 games for the Blues but got three goals in a 4-3 away win over Everton in December 1984.

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In the 36 years which separated the heroics of Davies and Havertz, only four players took 10 games or less to get their first Chelsea hat-tricks.

Two of them achieved it last season as Christian Pulisic collected his first match ball in our 4-2 victory at Burnley in his 10th game as a Blue while Tammy Abraham went one better in taking nine matches to get his first Chelsea triple treat in our 5-2 win at Wolves.

Alvaro Morata took seven games before he put Stoke City to the sword in a 4-0 win in the Potteries in 2017 while Diego Costa got the only hat-trick of his Chelsea career in his fourth match when we beat Swansea City 4-2 in September 2014.

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