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Timo Werner and Kai Havertz cost the club a combined fee of over £100m, and the duo’s signing came with massive expectations.
Werner started out fine and has scored nine goals and six assists across all competitions since arriving from RB Leipzig. But the goals have since dried up since November, attracting criticisms from all corners.
Kai Havertz haven’t yet shown that he can light up the Premier League, with only glimpses of his quality showing up at times.
Former Chelsea midfielder Gus Poyet has urged patience with Timo Werner and Kai Havertz, saying that they exhibited a period of adrenaline in their earlier games and are now adapting to the Premier League.
“I think at the beginning [of the season] it was decent [for Chelsea]. I think when you have new players, the adrenaline of these players is incredible,” Poyet told Perform Stats News.
“They bring something special to the club, but then to maintain that, especially for the young players, is very, very difficult.
“So, there is a period of adrenaline in which you’re going to give a lot. There is a period of adaptation and then there is English football, which even if you think that you know, I promise you, you don’t until you are on the pitch every weekend.
“Every game is a different story, every game is a different challenge. Today, you play against a team that are going to keep the ball, and tomorrow you’re going to get a team that is going to play long ball and you’re going to have to defend 100 balls in the box.
“And then the next day, somebody’s playing on the break, and the next day somebody plays the same system as you, and then you change and they change. So every game is a different challenge.
“I think it’s been tough, especially for the young ones, especially for Havertz and Werner. Because you know they’re playing now in a low moment and, normally it happens unfortunately for us, the decision to bring something different is by changing the manager.”