One start in six games: Chelsea player desperately needs Tuchel to pick him tomorrow vs Plymouth - TCC View
Kai Havertz is one player in the Chelsea dressing room who desperately needs a start tomorrow.
Thomas Tuchel’s Blues host League One side Plymouth Argyle on Saturday in a FA Cup fourth-round tie.
Of course, the reigning champions of Europe are overwhelming favourites to win, especially because Tuchel has reached three cup finals already during a year in charge.
It’ll be interesting to see what team selection the Chelsea manager makes given there are some huge matches coming up in February, though.
Havertz sufferers quiet Chelsea period
Unfortunately, Havertz was having a tough time before the mini winter break by playing very little football.
The German attacker has started only one of Chelsea’s last six games across all competitions, which was 5 January at home to Tottenham in the Carabao Cup.
Aged 22, there is a constant pressure on him because of his mammoth £71million price tag.
He famously scored the winner last May in the Champions League final during his first season at Stamford Bridge, but supporters are yet to see the same kind of talent that was lighting up the Bundesliga with ex-club Bayer Leverkusen.
This campaign is still yet to burst to life for him, scoring five goals in 25 appearances so far.
Another fresh start
Hopefully, this two-week break has given Havertz the chance to refresh his mind to try regain some form.
He needs a few consecutive starts to build some rhythm, something that’s difficult when there is so much competition for places.
It looks like he’s playing second fiddle right now to teammate Romelu Lukaku for the centre-forward position, but the cup tie with Plymouth is exactly the kind of fixture where he needs a chance.
Tuchel’s spoken highly of Havertz in the past on several occasions, including in December when he said he’s getting “more and more physical”.
He really needs his manager to show faith in him this weekend.