Micah Richards has claimed that Chelsea attacker Kai Havertz has had a difficult start to life in English football, but predicts him to really make improvements in the coming weeks and feels the international break will help.
The Blues made a number of high-profile additions in the summer window, but the capture of German poster boy Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen was arguably the marquee one and expectations are huge on him to be a success at Stamford Bridge.
Havertz, 21, is a rising young talent that has been excellent in the Bundesliga for the last couple of years and is now looking to do the same in the Premier League.
The left-footer star is a versatile attacker that can play anywhere across the frontline, although it looks like Chelsea boss Frank Lampard may be favouring him in a number 10 creative role where he’s got licence to roam anywhere.
He’s returned from international duty with Germany after scoring one and managing three assists in his three appearances, something that pundit Richards is expecting to help him.
“The international break was good for Kai Havertz, who scored for Germany against Switzerland,” Richards told the Daily Mail.
“Havertz looked totally out of sorts in his first games in England but after his hat-trick in the Carabao Cup I got the impression that things were beginning to change for him. He is under scrutiny because of the size of his £89million transfer fee but I can see Havertz making big steps in the coming weeks.”
Havertz is yet to hit his top form yet for Chelsea, but he’s shown plenty of signs that he’s going to be a key creator going forward and he scored a hat-trick in the cup against Barnsley to show his goalscoring instinct as well.
The left-footer is likely to be involved on Saturday for the Premier League fixture at home to Southampton and it won’t be long before the German really announces his arrival in English football with a masterclass performance, which fans will hope is today.