Ashley Cole has urged for patience with Kai Havertz at Chelsea, as Jamie Carragher questions the best position of the club-record signing following another disappointing display against Liverpool.
Havertz followed an indifferent debut against Brighton with another ineffective performance in Chelsea’s 2-0 defeat to Liverpool at Stamford Bridge, the Germany international sacrificed at half-time following Andreas Christensen’s sending off after failing to impress in a position on the right-hand side of the Blues’ attack.
The midfielder is regarded amongst the best young players in world football but has struggled during his initial displays in then Premier League – and Carragher has questioned where the 21-year-old fits into the Chelsea formation under Frank Lampard.
“I do look and think, ‘Where does Havertz play? Where does he fit into a 4-3-3?’,” Carragher said on Sky Sports.
“He almost looks like a number ten and we don’t see them as much in football now. Where he played today, I don’t think that suited Chelsea.”
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Havertz has played in a variety of positions since bursting onto the scene with Bayer Leverkusen and admits he is comfortable in a variety of roles, though admitted his best position is as a central number ten behind the club’s attacking options.
The youngster has been shifted into a wide role given injuries to Christian Pulisic and fellow summer signing Hakim Ziyech, and the return of that duo could allow Havertz to flourish centrally in the coming weeks.
Former Chelsea defender Cole admits it will take time for the club’s marquee arrivals to ‘gel’ under Lampard, and has urged for patience with Havertz as he continues to adapt to the demands of English football.
“New players coming in, it’s a process. The new players will have time to gel. Kai Havertz trained four or five days,” Cole responded.
“If you want to shift Havertz in a number ten position, then somebody has got to go. Perhaps Jorginho or Kovacic.”