Thomas Tuchel insisted he is “convinced” that out-of-form forward Kai Havertz can still have a big impact at Chelsea.
Havertz has struggled to replicate anything like the form that persuaded Chelsea to sign him from Bayer Leverkusen last summer, with the 21-year-old having scored just one Premier League goal all season to date.
Injury has hampered his debut campaign in England – Havertz is set to miss Chelsea’s clash with Newcastle on Monday, live on Sky Sports – but the numbers still do not make for positive reading. Tuchel, however, is calling for patience.
“I am pretty sure we will see (Havertz’s best), it takes time,” Tuchel said. “There is no short answer (to his issues), if there was a short answer I would clearly go and talk to him in that way to bring him to his full potential.
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“What we clearly know and what we can rely on is that all this potential is in him and all this logic is in him. For every transfer and every change of club for a player it is different and sometimes it needs a little bit more time to adapt. Sometimes it is quick, sometimes it is between one match and another, sometimes it is a process.
“All we can do is support him and give him what he needs and figure this out right now. He had a pretty good start with us, had good matches. I have a feeling that we have a guy who is totally clear, totally self-aware, very humble and incredibly talented, so there are no doubts he will show his best the sooner the better.