Kai Havertz Verdict From Experts and Fans


Kai Havertz the German attacking midfielder is finally at Chelsea after months of transfer leaks. Chelsea who has gotten rid of Willian and Pedro were looking for a playmaker, someone who could turn the game around with a moment of brilliance. With two games in hand does he really the one Chelsea need?

Expert opinions

Jamie Redknapp has instructed Lampard to play Havertz behind Werner in a number 10 role. He believes Chelsea need more craft in the midfield and Havertz would be the best player for the job. Talking to Sky Sports he said, “You’ve got to give Havertz time. We have to be careful. We’re judging a player. You’ve got (Christian) Pulisic and (Hakim) Ziyech to come in (as well),”.

The Ex Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher thinks Havertz doesn’t fit into the Chelsea system. He said, “I do look and think, ‘where does Havertz play? Where does he fit into a 4-3-3? He almost looks like a No10 and we don’t see them as much in football now. Where he played today, I don’t think that suited Chelsea.”

The former Chelsea wing-back Ashley Cole, on the other hand, believes that Havertz is perfect for Chelsea and it’s just a matter of time before he gels into the team and dictates the tempo. He said, “He’s just finding his feet, getting into the team, understanding the way Frank wants to play, but we’re definitely going to see great things from this guy because he’s such a great talent.”

What do the fans think?

When a player moves to another league, what we see is a change in jersey but that is just the tip of the iceberg. When a player moves to another league the biggest difficulty that he has to face is language. Havertz spoke German at Leverkusen and now has to switch to English at Chelsea. Moving to a different place is difficult in itself, on top of that if the person has to use different language to converse, it must be very difficult indeed. The whole world around Havertz has changed in a couple of days and for him to settle at this new place it takes time. No player hits the ground running if they’re from a very different country. Pulisic already spoke English but still it took him time to settle in at Chelsea and it was towards the end of the season that he performed at his full potential.

Similarly, to expect a player who has moved from another country to band in goals from the get-go is a bit unrealistic. He did not even play the full second game as he had to make way to defensive solidity after Christenson’s red card. I’m sure he would be great at Chelsea, he just needs few games under the belt to find his form.

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