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Kai Havertz has struggled since sealing a £70m move to Chelsea, and the 21-year-old is far from delivering the kind of performances that saw him become a delight in the Bundesliga.
With just one league goal in 18 Premier League outings, a lot more is expected of Havertz, with new boss Thomas Tuchel tasked with returning him back to form.
Havertz started Thomas Tuchel’s first game in charge – the goalless draw against Wolves last week, and he seemed an improved version of his recent self. He was dropped to the bench for Sunday’s 2-0 victory over Burnley, coming in as a late sub.
Ahead of facing Spurs on Thursday, former Tottenham interim manager Tim Sherwood has called Havertz a liability and doesn’t think this is the best time to play him.
He told Premier League productions: “It’s difficult to judge Tuchel after two games. The first game against Wolves was boring, even though they had a lot of possession.
“They were better against Burnley and two of the wing-backs scored so he’s throwing them forward.
“I still think he’s got selection problems. I think he was brought in to get the best out of the German boys, Timo Werner and Kai Havertz.
“But at the moment you can’t play Kai Havertz. In my opinion, he’s a liability. He might be a good player in the future but at the moment they’re just carrying him.
“I wouldn’t play Havertz but I think he might be under a little bit of pressure to play Havertz and to find a position for Timo Werner.”