Chelsea: Should Lampard be given more time to succeed?
Peter Bosz, Kai Havertz’s former manager at Bayer Leverkusen, claims he cannot envisage where the attacking midfielder fits into Frank Lampard’s current plans. The German international arrived at Stamford Bridge earlier this summer for a blockbuster fee of £70million.
Yet despite Chelsea’s decision to break the bank, Havertz has faltered to deceive in west London and has found himself out of favour.
A host of European clubs including Real Madrid became enchanted by Havertz’s performance last year, as the Bundesliga became the first major European league to return following the coronavirus crisis.
Operating as a false-nine, Havertz was the star of the show for Leverkusen and helped fire them to the DFB Pokal final where they were eventually beaten by Bayern Munich.
Chelsea were desperate to get him on board as part of Lampard’s project yet halfway through his debut campaign in England, supporters are yet to see the best from the 21-year-old.
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He has scored just one Premier League goal in 15 appearances but did manage a hat-trick in the EFL Cup against Barnsley.
Havertz is clearly in need of some love and in the view of his former manager Bosz, Lampard’s management is not helping the player’s development or confidence.
He told The Athletic: “As for Kai, I can see why Chelsea brought him in but I cannot yet see the exact idea Frank Lampard has for him.
“It’s really good that he protects him in the press, though. But in the end, you must deliver, you must score goals and make goals. For a €100 million transfer you must play, and he isn’t.”
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In his defence, Havertz was one of several Premier League players to feel the wrath of the coronavirus.
The forward missed three games after testing positive but revealed it took him two or three weeks to rebuild his fitness and feel like himself again.
“It was like a very bad flu for me so I think now I know it is very bad for people. Before I sometimes thought, ‘OK it is not so bad’ but now I get it and I know for older people and people who had illnesses before it can be very bad,” he said in December.
“We all have to look out for each other. To be honest, it was personally very hard.”
Before adding: “When you do nothing for two and half weeks and then you start training again, you feel like you have never played football before. For me it took two or three weeks to get back to 100 per cent.
“Now I have started three games and I’m feeling good. It takes a lot of time and it took around one and a half months for me to get back but now I think I am very fit again and can start to attack again.”
Havertz has started four successive Premier League games from the bench and hasn’t started since the 2-1 defeat at Wolves on December 15.
However, with Chelsea lacking form and is need of inspiration, this may finally be Havertz’s chance to get his Blues career up and running.
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