Lampard: Nothing is a given

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Players make the move across clubs from time to time, and sometimes clubs have to pay a huge sum to get their transfer target.

For fans, they want instant impact from their new signings, which isn’t always the case, as the players have to adjust to their new environment and teammates.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has come to the defence of Kai Havertz and insists that nothing is a given with a new player, even if the club had to pay a large amount of money to sign him.

“Transferring leagues to a game that is fast and physical week in week out, every three days is a big ask and not something that should be expected just because we paid this amount for you or you are an international or your age or how many goals and assists you made,” he said.

“You can’t take anything as a given in that sense. I thought that with Kai anyway and I was there to help him, I am there to help him when he came. I was excited to take on that challenge with him of how this league is going to be different.

“Let’s see how you can adapt because your talents are going to be different in a really positive way and help us. The one thing I certainly know as a coach is that I can rely on is my personal experience when it mirrors up slightly.

“I know I had to do extra work myself. Kai is different to me. Particularly with the knockback of Covid now we have to give him time to do the extra work now and it will make him stronger in the end. And remember he is a young player and he needs time.”

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