Tim Sherwood says Chelsea are ‘carrying’ Kai Havertz right now
Tim Sherwood has made the bold claim that Chelsea have to carry Kai Havertz through games, as well as adding he wouldn’t play him right now if he was in charge at Stamford Bridge.
Havertz, 21, has come under the spotlight since his summer move to the Blues.
The left-footed attacking midfielder was sensational during his time in homeland Germany at Bayern Leverkusen, which is why many expected hit the ground running in the Premier League.
It was difficult in the first half of the season for ex-Chelsea boss Frank Lampard to fit the £140,000-a-week star in the team, while new manager Thomas Tuchel has started him in one of his two games in charge so far.
Pundit Sherwood has come down hard on his verdict of the playmaker:
“I think he (Tuchel) was brought in to play the two German boys, Werner and Havertz. But at the moment you can’t play Kai Havertz. In my opinion, he’s a liability. I think he might be a good player in the end, but at the moment you’re just carrying a player by playing him,” Sherwood said.
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It’s easy to throw criticism at Havertz, but he’s adjusting in a new country during a difficult time for everyone and should be afforded some leeway.
Despite what has been perceived by most as a poor start, he’s still scored five goals and six assists in 26 games across all competitions so far.
Of course, the fact he’s scored just once in the league is going to create the headlines.
He does look lightweight at times on the pitch and fitting him into a creative number 10 role is difficult.
But it’s foolish to completely write him off and the early signs under Tuchel are that Havertz will be able to play more often in the system.