'Fell into the trap': Frank Leboeuf says 22-year-old Chelsea player wasn't smart enough in yesterday's loss
Frank Leboeuf thinks Chelsea’s Kai Havertz “fell into the trap” yesterday when playing against Everton.
It was a miserable weekend for Chelsea after losing 1-0 away to Everton in the Premier League. In addition, direct opponents below them in the league table secured wins to close the gap.
It was Richarlison that netted the only goal of the contest in Sunday’s game, as he provided a calm finish to capitalise on a defensive error from Cesar Azpilicueta.
Thomas Tuchel’s side will now look ahead to a rare midweek without a game. The Blues return to action next Saturday with a league match at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers.
ESPN pundit and ex-Chelsea defender Leboeuf highlighted Havertz as a player that struggled with his weekend display on Merseyside.
The 22-year-old striker was engaged in a one-on-one battle with physical Toffees centre-back Yerry Mina for the entire 90 minutes, who didn’t give him a moments peace.
It’s great to see the Chelsea attacker’s fiery character and desire on the pitch, but his actual overall contribution was massively restricted due to the streetwise performance from powerhouse Mina.
“Havertz fell into the trap instead of going away a little bit, trying to be a little bit smarter to avoid Mina and avoid that fight,” Leboeuf told ESPN.
Defining weeks for Havertz
It’s going to be fascinating to see how Havertz can finish the final month of the season.
The left-footed attacker has managed to get supporters, as well his manager Tuchel, excited about him during the last few months. Chelsea’s boss has spoken very highly about him, including after a performance last month when he described him as “very dangerous”.
He’s shown the talent and desire to nail down a permanent spot in the starting line-up.
However, the last couple of games has seen a worrying dip.
It’s now time for him to end the campaign strongly and prove he’s the long-term answer at Stamford Bridge.