In the summer of 2020, Chelsea spend around $250 million on signing seven new players. Out of all of them, Kai Havertz’s transfer was the most expensive one. Not only this he is Chelsea’s most expensive signing in their history. Havertz is just 21-years-old and at such a young age, his performances made Lampard spend such big money on him.
Havertz’s good goal scoring form in the Bundesliga as a midfielder probably convinced Chelsea to sign him. The former Bayer Leverkusen star had no preseason with the club and as soon as things were starting to click for him, he was tested positive for the Wuhanvirus. The former Leverkusen star hasn’t had the best start in the Premier League and is failing to justify his price tag.
Recently former Chelsea defender Robert Huth heavily criticised the German international. He believes that Havertz looks uninterested and lightweight. Huth also questioned his body language, he also pointed out that perhaps there aren’t enough leaders in the dressing room. Frank Lampard has now come in defence of the Havertz.
This is not for the first time the Englishman has defended his record signing. This season he has made 23 appearances in all competitions, scoring five goals and further providing six assists. However, three out of those five goals have come against Championship teams in the FA Cup. Apart from that, he has just one goal in the Premier League.
Frank Lampard cites examples of Salah and De Bryune, says Havertz’ desire not in question
The Chelsea manager said that the comparisons with Tottenham’s Ndombélé are fair. The Spurs record signing struggled in his first season but now he is a key player under Mourinho. There were rumours that he could be sold but now things have changed for good for him. Lampard said, “I think the comparison with Ndombélé is a fair one”.
The former Derby manager pointed out that the likes of Mo Salah and Kevin De Bryune were in a similar situation. Both of them joined Chelsea as youngsters but struggled to cement a place in the starting line up. Eventually, the Blues sold them but now both of them play for Chelsea’s rivals and both of them are on their way to become Premier League legends.
Lampard said “Kevin De Bruyne, Mo Salah, who went away and took time and came back, and now they are absolute Premier League legends.” I don’t want to build Kai up and put that pressure on his shoulders, but there clearly has to be a time with young players who come to this League, where people have to give them time, patience and sometimes a little bit of wriggle room”
Chelsea’s all-time leading scorer defended the German by saying that desire is not a problem for Havertz. The former Chelsea midfielder based his statement having worked closely with the player himself.
12th Man opinion:
On first look it can be said that Havertz’s body language does look lethargic, however, during games his work rate is good. While Lampard will always publicly defend him but he must be a little worried about him as well. He cites the example of players like Salah and De Bryune but Chelsea have sold many promising young players and only two have reached a big level.
There is fear that Havertz might not turn out to be like Salah or De Bruyene. However, there is no doubt that he needs more time. It must be remembered that he is only 21 years old. He has plenty of time to improve his game. Premier League is altogether a different animal compared to the Bundesliga. The level of competition is much higher in England.
Another thing to consider here is Lampard’s plan for him. When a player is signed for such big fees, it is obvious that the manager must have some plan as to how he will get the best out of that player. There are two facets to it. First what appears to be the likely one is that there was no proper plan. The idea seems to get good players and then work out how to play them together. Havertz’s best position is that of a No.10 but he rarely plays there.
Lampard has deployed a 4-3-3 but he hasn’t been able to get the best out of him. At Leverkusen he used to play as false 9 or a No.10, he is not a proper winger as well. Even his former manager Peter Bosz pointed out that he can’t understand Lampard’s plan to get the best out of him. The second facet to this could be that Chelsea signed him for the long term, hoping that eventually, their investment will pay off. That Havertz will eventually become the generational player so many had tipped him to.