Paul Merson gives verdict on struggling Kai Havertz

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Kai Havertz was the star man at Bayer Leverkusen, and the 21-year-old was seen as the next big thing to come out from Germany, which prompted Chelsea to spend around £71m on his signing.

However, it hasn’t worked so far for Havertz, as he has struggled to cope with the intensity of the Premier League.

The German star who was likened as the next Michael Ballack, is still trying to prove himself in England, but Paul Merson has called for patience with the German.

Merson believes that Havertz will still come good just as Ballack who also gradually came to form having signed up for Chelsea from Bayern Munich.

“Not yet I wouldn’t (panic) yet,” Merson had told Sky Sports.

“I like him I think he’s a good player. I just think he’s a young player who has come over and he’s just got try and get used to this.

“When he was playing where he was when he was at Leverkusen everything went through him he was the star man. He’s not the star man here so he’s not touching the ball as many times as what he would when he was playing for his club team in Germany.

“I’d give him time I think he’s a special player. When you’re playing for a team and you’re getting 100 touches of the ball and you go to a team and getting 50 that cuts down your chances of being good.

“‘I think he’s got to get used to it. Ballack had the same situation when he moved to Chelsea. Everything went thorugh him when he was in Germany he comes over to Chelsea and he’s not the star man.

“You have to make sure that killer pass happens and you start chasing the game you think you’re not touching the ball as many times and now I’ve got to try and hit the Hollywood pass or get the ball through the eye of a needle when you don’t have to.

“But I’d definitely be patient with him I think this lad will turn out to be a special footballer, he’s only young and it’s hard for him. He’s come into a team and they are flying and he just hasn’t got going yet.”

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