‘He’s in third gear’ — Chelsea player backed to take over from Eden Hazard

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Last year’s summer signing Kai Havertz struggled to keep up with the intensity of the Premier League in the first half of last season, but he got better in the second half and scored the winner in the Champions League final.

Havertz scored nine goals and assisted nine in all competitions last season, and he’s now being backed by Gary Neville to be better this season.

According to the Manchester United legend, Havertz has improved this season and he’s following the steps of Eden Hazard.

“I actually think Havertz has gone up a level but he is in third gear. He could go to fourth gear and to fifth gear. He could become an absolutely great player,” Neville said.

“When he really fills out, and he will do, he is already a great runner with the ball, but he will get more confidence, more belief and in a couple of years he could be someone who is absolutely there.”

“Remember what Chelsea did with Eden Hazard. He went from here, to here, to here. I think that’s what Havertz will do.”

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