‘We must give Kai Havertz time’

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‘We must give Kai Havertz time’: Chelsea boss Frank Lampard pleads for patience with £89m signing despite his poor start ahead of crunch clash with Man City
Chelsea attacker Kai Havertz is yet to justify his large £89million price tag
The 21-year-old is without a goal in seven games and also suffered from Covid-19
Frank Lampard claims his club should not rush a judgement on Havertz’s career
The Blues have let the likes of stars Mohamed Salah and Kevin De Bruyne depart

Chelsea run the risk of repeating costly errors they made with Mohammed Salah and Kevin De Bruyne if they do not give Kai Havertz time to flourish.

We know Salah and De Bruyne were deemed sub-standard when they were shipped out of Chelsea for a pittance, only to return as world-class players in Premier League winning sides for Liverpool and Manchester City.

And Chelsea manager Frank Lampard, who prepares to face De Bruyne and City on Sunday, will hand another chance to his £89million summer signing Havertz to prove his worth.

Lampard struggled to make an immediate impact when he was a big-money Chelsea signing from West Ham.

He is also mindful his 21-year-old German international, without a goal in seven games, suffered severely from Covid in November while trying to adapt to the Premier League.

‘Just as Kai was coming to terms with the Premier League, he had some really good performances, he got Covid. And he had Covid quite severely,’ said Lampard.

‘People are starting to open up about it now. I have read a few things about how much some people can suffer with it.

‘Some people are asymptomatic but he has definitely had a bit of fallout from having it. We are trying to help him deal with that.

‘I have full belief in him and we have to give him that time. I know I had to do extra work. Kai is different to me but with the knock back of Covid we have to give him time to do that work. I’m excited to take on that challenge with him.’

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