Frank Lampard claims that persistence is the secret to seeing Kai Havertz prosper as the Chelsea playmaker deals with the after-effects of the coronavirus and the pressure of a hefty price tag. Since joining Bayer Leverkusen for £ 70 million in the summer, Havertz has yet to set Stamford Bridge alight, but he has been an important part of the team when possible.
After being diagnosed with Covid-19, the 21-year-old German international was forced to miss all but two games in November. Since then, it has emerged that he has become very ill, ruining the signs that were seen before his illness of promising growth. Frank Lampard has revealed that since contracting the coronavirus, Kai Havertz has suffered physically (Adrian Dennis/PA) Lampard maintains Havertz is still finding his feet ahead of the visit to Stamford Bridge in Manchester City and is looking after him behind the scenes in the hope that he can eventually achieve his full potential. Before playing for the first time, Kai had five working days with us, and that is not conducive to a player in any game, definitely not when you come to the world’s fastest and most physical league,”Kai had five working days with us before he played the first time, and that’s not conducive to a player in any league, certainly not when you come to the fastest and most physical league in the world,” He got Covid and he got it pretty heavy just when Kai got to grips with that – and you saw some really good performances from him -. “Just when Kai was getting to grips with that – and you saw some really good performances from him – he got Covid and he got it pretty heavy. ” We know it, and we try to help him cope with it. Around him, the hopes… “Kai’s talent is undeniable and I see that every day. I have full confidence in him and we need to give him that time, especially because of the Covid situation. Moving across several leagues to a game that is fast and physical every three days is a big challenge that you shouldn’t expect just because you paid so much money for a player or because you’re an international or because you’re so old or because you’ve scored so many goals or assists. When he came, I took that challenge with him – this league is different, so let’s see how you adapt because your talents are going to be different, in a positive way that helps us. As a coach, I know I can rely on my personal experiences to align with theirs. I know that. Kai is different than me, especially with the setback of Covid not having the time to do that extra work. We’re doing that with him now. “The talent of Kai is undeniable and I see that every day. I have complete trust in him and we need to give him that time, especially because of the situation with Covid. Moving to a game that is fast and physical every three days across several leagues is a big challenge that you will have to give him that time. He’s a young player, and there’s more incentive to give him some time. Chelsea play Manchester City on Sunday (Paul Childs/NMC Pool) Chelsea welcome City knowing that even during their 17-game unbeaten run that ended on December 8, they have yet to record a win against any of the big six clubs. “Chelsea play Manchester City on Sunday (Paul Childs/NMC Pool)Chelsea welcome City knowing they have yet to record a win against any of the big six clubs – even during their 17-game unbeaten run that ended on December 8. ” Then we played Leeds, and Leeds are not in the top six, but Leeds is going to be one of the hardest teams to play this season,” Lampard said. “We beat the top six teams last season and finished fourth. If you want to get to the top, where Liverpool and City have been for the past four years, you’ve got a lot of games to win, so I understand that side of the coin. It’s around three points at the end of the day.’