Frank Lampard defends ‘top-quality talent’ Kai Havertz and calls for ‘patience’ with Chelsea star after lacklustre display in Everton defeat
- Kai Havertz was substituted after 68 minutes in Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat to Everton
- The German’s display was the next in a run of disappointing performances
- Havertz signed for Chelsea for £71million this summer but hasn’t yet settled
- Blues boss Frank Lampard wants fans to faith the midfielder will come good
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has warned the critics to lay off Kai Havertz after another disappointing display from the £71million new signing.
The Germany international was withdrawn after 68 minutes of the 1-0 defeat at Everton, the fourth successive game he has been substituted, after failing to have any impact against makeshift left-back Ben Godfrey.
But Lampard has jumped to the defence of the 21-year-old.
Frank Lampard has called for Chelsea supporters to be ‘patient’ with new signing Kai Havertz
The midfielder was disappointing against Everton as he continues to struggle to settle in
The £71m German was replaced after 68 minutes in the 1-0 defeat to Everton on Saturday
‘In the modern day there is going to be criticism for every player of every club who loses a game,’ said the former Blues midfielder.
‘We should be patient with Havertz from a Chelsea end because he is a top-quality talent who has come into this league.
‘He can play in any position across the front three and he has played on the right countless times before he played for Chelsea.
‘But we have to be patient, particularly with any young player playing in the speed of the Premier League.
Frank Lampard believes the talent will come good once he has adjust to the Premier League
The Blues manager shelled-out £71m on the attacker this summer but he’s yet to deliver
‘People who want to jump on to criticise (should) just wait and give a young player time. I know the player that Kai Havertz is going to be.’
Lampard was keen to use the loss at Goodison Park as a reality check.
‘This will be a challenge for the players,’ he added.
‘In the Premier League you are going to lose games and it is important to put perspective on it.
‘The game was the game. I’m not going to say I learned anything in one game necessarily.’