Kai Havertz is struggling to live up to expectations after his move from Bayer Leverkusen to Chelsea for 71 million pounds ($ 95 million), but his coach Frank Lampard said the 21-year-old should have time to prove himself.
Havertz, who scored one goal in the Premier League this season, missed three games after contracting the Coronavirus in November and was replaced by Lampard in all the last four games, including a 1-0 loss to Everton on Saturday.
“In this era, every player will be criticized when his team loses a match,” Lampard said. “We must be patient with Havertz on the side of Chelsea because he has such a great talent and came to this league.”
“He can play in any of the three attacking centers, and he played on the right side countless times before moving to Chelsea,” he added.
“People who want to be in a hurry to criticize him should wait and give a young player time. I know the level that Havertz will reach.”
Havertz confirmed last week that his suffering from the Covid-19 infection had made him feel exhausted, as if he had never played football before.
Chelsea are in 5th place with 22 points, three points behind leaders Tottenham, and will play Wolverhampton Wanderers on Tuesday.