Glenn Hoddle asks Kai Havertz to be assertive

The Germany international has struggled to replicate his form since arriving on a 72£m transfer from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer. Although Frank Lampard has backed the midfielder to succeed at Chelsea, pundits and fans are concerned about the very little impact Havertz has had for the Blues. Havertz, who scored a hat-trick against Barnsley in the Carabao Cup has gone quiet since and has just a goal and assist to his name in the Premier League.

Former Chelsea player and manager Glen Hoddle believes the midfielder has gone missing in the last few games for Chelsea while playing from a deeper position. Speaking to Evening Standard, Glen said “At the moment Havertz is not showing anywhere near the player he was showing in Germany. He is playing a bit deeper at Chelsea and I think if he starts arriving in the penalty area a bit more then we will start to see the best of him.”

He is a good player and there is more to come, but he looks like a character who needs a bit of time to settle. It is almost as if he just wants to be a nice player. For me, he has to be a little bit more assertive. Get himself in the box, hurt himself a little bit in the sense of his running ability to get in the box. And I think he will score goals.”

Timo Werner

The former Chelsea manager acknowledged Timo Werner is struggling for form, but remains confident the striker will be back to his best. Glenn added “He is finding it difficult to adjust but he will get there in the end. He is still a young man and he is a good enough player to adapt to the tempo and the ferocity of the Premier League. Werner will come back, he has hit a bit of a lull but I have no doubt about that. He has already shown Chelsea fans enough that he is a top player. I think a goal here or there and he will be back to his very best. He is a top-quality player, down the middle or wide.”

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