Give the Chelsea stars time to blend, Chelsea legend says

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Chelsea have made six signings this summer, with Malang Sarr the only one of them to leave on loan.

Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva and Kai Havertz are part of the star studded team Frank Lampard is expected to field this season.

In our opening league game of the season, Chelsea defeated Brighton 3-1, but it was somewhat a disjointed performance from the Blues, and Kai Havertz didn’t perform up to the expectations of many.

Chelsea legend Pat Nevin, has asked for patience, so the new signings can blend.

Nevin wrote in his column for the official Chelsea website: “Rome wasn’t built in a day, everybody knows that. And football teams aren’t built in 90 minutes, every sensible football fan knows that too. Not that this will stop headline writers and large sections of social media suggesting the meeting between Chelsea and Liverpool at the weekend will show just how far Chelsea have either come, or have to go to get close to the current champions.”

Nevin went on: “There were flashes of understanding between the newbies and the current team, but in reality that takes a little while to gel fully. Yes, I know they are top footballers and can play together perfectly well, but it is that extra bit on top that makes the difference. Things like understanding where the strengths and preferences of all your new team-mates are, where they want the ball and what are their specific favourite skills.

“Timo Werner is probably aware that Reece James is really good at crossing from the right-hand side, but does he know yet that Reece is actually sensational in that area when he is in mid-season form? He will get to know soon enough.

“One of the things that we will enjoy is the adaptability of the group. I mentioned last week that Timo, Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic can all play anywhere along the front line and to some degree behind that line as well. That is also the case in other areas too. It may well be that the last five minutes were quietly amongst the most important tactically of the whole match, in terms of the future of the club.”

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