Mateo Kovacic has raved about the quality of Chelsea teammate Kai Havertz, who he feels has changed in the last half a year to adapt to English football.
Kovacic, 27, has given high praise to a fellow Blues star.
Havertz ended the 2020/21 season by scoring the winner for Chelsea in a Champions League final, which has cemented his spot in Stamford Bridge folklore.
However, it wasn’t plain sailing for the 22-year-old during his debut campaign in England.
The German attacker found it extremely hard in the opening months of the season adapting to the Premier League, but his game started to develop under manager Thomas Tuchel.
It’s obvious the ex-Bayer Leverkusen star is one of the best young talents around, so it’s all about the Blues trying to unlock that on the pitch.
Kovacic believes that fans are now starting to see what Havertz can do more regularly:
“I’m very glad for him because I saw from the first training what kind of quality Kai has. It was a tough start for him, which is normal because he’s young coming to a new country,” Kovacic said.
“He just changed in the last half a year and has adapted now very well to the Premier League. He knows how to play in such a physical league, he showed great character and that’s what true champions do.
“They perform every week and he’s doing that now. He’s playing class football because he’s a class player.”
Kai Havertz can be a Chelsea superstar
Havertz has already created a piece of history in a Chelsea shirt, but there could be so much more to come from him during his time in London.
The £150,000-a-week left-footer does seem to be growing in stature month by month. He appears to have found a favoured role now working in pockets of space behind centre-forward Romelu Lukaku, who offers the time a focal point.
It does feel like Havertz has so much more to give and it will come as he continues to fill out.
His pace, intelligence and technique is breathtaking. For him, it’s about doing it on a consistent basis.
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