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Chelsea spent an initial fee of around £70m to sign Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen, but the 21-year-old is yet to light up the Premier League.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has come to the defence of the German international, by assuring that he’d still come good. According to the boss, contracting Covid-19 also hampered Havertz form.
“Just as Kai was just coming to terms with the Premier League and he had some really good performances with us he got Covid and he had Covid quite severely as I think people are really starting to open up about now,” Lampard told reporters ahead of facing Manchester City on Sunday.
“I have read a few things recently about how much people can suffer with it now. Some people are asymptomatic. He definitely has had a bit of a fallout with that physically and I speak with him a lot and we know that. It is something we are trying to help him to deal with.
“Yeah, the expectation around him you have to put context into the story. Kai’s talent is undoubted. I see that every day. Giving him the time to adapt to the Premier League and to our team is crucial.
“We have seen players come here in the past, didn’t really adapt, went elsewhere and come back to the Premier League and absolutely lit it up to unbelievable levels. I am not trying to compare Kai directly with that but there are so many stories across the Premier League, not just Chelsea.
“I have full belief in him. We need to give him that time, particularly because of the Covid situation, that is a problem. That is not a non-issue; it is an issue that is related beyond his illness.”