© Getty Images Kai Havertz in Premier League action for Chelsea

Kai Havertz has all the qualities to be “world class” but was always most likely to need time to settle in at Chelsea, according to Bayer Leverkusen’s sporting director Simon Rolfes.

The Blues spent a reported ₤ 72million (EUR80m) to bring the Germany international from Leverkusen in September, yet he has actually so far had a hard time to validate the hefty price.

The attacking midfielder was one of numerous big-money signings during a hectic close-reason recruitment drive, with compatriot Timo Werner – who arrived from RB Leipzig – likewise sustaining a challenging start to life at Stamford Bridge.

Havertz has actually managed 5 objectives and five helps, in addition to 23 possibilities produced (1.4 per 90 minutes) and 5 huge possibilities produced (0.3 per 90) in 25 appearances up until now in 2020-21.

For contrast, during his last season at Leverkusen, he registered 18 goals (0.43 per 90), 9 assists (0.21 per 90), 84 chances created (1.99 per 90), 20 big opportunities produced (0.47 per 90) from 45 looks.

Chelsea’s struggles on the pitch this term saw club legend Frank Lampard sacked and replaced by Thomas Tuchel, and Rolfes feels it is unreasonable to focus simply on Havertz, who he is backing to reveal his real abilities in the Premier League.

” It’s always difficult if you change nation and a little bit of a different design. That’s the same if we sign gamers,” Rolfes informed Statistics Perform News.

” Some players need 2 days, some people require half a year. For example, Moussa Diaby needs three-four months to adjust from France, although he was betting PSG, to adjust to the Bundesliga.

” You need to want when you sign players, that not everyone is straight from the first day there.

” I’ve followed Chelsea a little bit from a distance, but it’s not just Kai or Timo Werner struggling a bit, it’s also the group – they anticipated more from the whole team.

” That’s not so simple if it’s not operating in the team and you come in as a new player. It’s a lot easier if the team is working and you action in your best position.

” That’s a process for Kai, to adjust to England and the Premier League. There is no doubt Kai is a great gamer and has all the capability to use the first-rate level and although it’s probably not his finest six months, there is no doubt in my viewpoint.”

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