Two former Chelsea stars reveal the problem Kai Havertz has at Chelsea

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Kai Havertz hasn’t been able to light up the Premier League since sealing a £71m move from Bayer Leverkusen to Chelsea during the summer transfer window.

Many experts and analysts have tried to explain what has been the reason why he has struggled so far for Chelsea, and former Chelsea defenders Mario Melchiot and Jason Cundy have given their suggestions as to what could be the problem.

Melchiot believes Havertz will play better if he is given more freedom and the team is built around him.

Melchiot told talkSPORT: “I knew Kai Havertz before he came to Chelsea. 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.”

Former Chelsea defender, Jason Cundy, believes the young midfielder’s price tag could be a problem and said that he would come good with time.

He added: “He’s 21 years of age, he’s come from Germany and he hasn’t settled yet.

“When you pay £70m 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 or two years’ time.”

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