Former Chelsea player Mario Melchiot believes Kai Havertz is struggling at Chelsea because he is not being used in his best position by the manager of the team Frank Lampard since his arrival to Stamford Bridge.
The German international arrived at Stamford Bridge in the summer for an initial £72m but since then he has struggled to make an impact since his initially bright start in which he scored a hat trick against Barnsley.
Kai Havertz once again struggled to make an impact in Chelsea’s 2-1 loss against Wolverhampton Wanderers which he was also played out of position with him playing the wing side of the midfielder alongside Mason Mount and Kante.
He began the season with a goal and three assists from his opening five Premier League matches which he started for Chelsea Despite being played out in different positions.
Although he hasn’t added anymore since scoring in the 3-3 draw with Southampton back in October which he has struggled to cope with playing different roles on every matchday by the manager.
The German youngster has come out to clear the air by saying he is happy to play whatever position he is asked to play by Frank Lampard which the manager also confirmed he is happy.
Mario Melchiot Had This To Say:
“I knew Kai Havertz before he came to Chelsea,” he told talkSPORT. “I knew Kai was a great talent.
“The only difference I see is that in the system Chelsea play he comes from the outside, but in Germany, he was a No.10 or a striker.
“He had more freedom because the team was built around him.
“When he comes to Chelsea, he’s not going to get that! They have a player that has to get used to a certain way of playing and that takes time.
“People don’t expect him to need more time because of the price tag; people want him to fire straight away.”
Frank Lampard has been urged to play Kai Havertz as number 10 for him to flourish and show the kind of quality he showed when playing for Bayer Leverkusen before making the move to England.
Another ex Chelsea player Jason Cundy has called for patience from unhappy fans as he insists there is plenty more to come from the German ace who has been playing below what is expected of him.
“He’s 21 years of age, he’s come from Germany and he hasn’t settled yet,” said the Sports Bar host on talkSPORT.
“When you pay £90m for a player of that age you’re mostly paying for his potential. It’s a lot of money and we will see – you can’t judge him after 12 games.
“He’s struggling, right now he’s struggling, but from what we heard and you listen to a lot of people who know German football, he is a great talent.
“I don’t want to be too hard on the kid, he’s just got here and he’s young and he hasn’t adapted yet.
“So let’s just wait and see – we can judge him in a year’s or two year’s time.”