Havertz admitted that things have not gone smoothly since joining Chelsea, pointing out that he needs a post-Germany adjustment period.
Havertz is positive about the future
Chelsea poured £70m into Kai Havertz’s talent for the summer transfer window after seeing him play one of Europe’s most promising young midfielders at Bayer Leverkusen. The 21-year-old still hasn’t been able to justify that score, but his performance has improved recently and he is optimistic about re-opening his top form as he heads towards the business end of the season.
Speaking after Germany’s tough 1-0 win over Romania in World Cup qualifiers on Sunday, Kai talked about his fight at Chelsea that the season was tough and he knows things aren’t going well, but that’s ok when you first travel abroad. It takes six months or more to correct. He thinks that everything is going well now, so he does not want to rethink negative impressions from the past. “I am positive and hope the next few weeks will be just as good.”
Kai made his Chelsea debut in early September in the opening match against Brighton, after which he played 32 appearances for the club in all competitions. Germany International contributed five goals and seven assists to the Blues, but has scored only one top flight and has yet to open an account in the Champions League.
Signs of progress have been shown since January
Upon arriving at Stamford Bridge, Kai was handed a five-year bumper contract and Chelsea will likely be patient with the playmaker as he continues to find his feet in English football. Signs of progress have been shown since Thomas Tuchel took over as head coach in January, and he held a regular starting XI spot until the international break. Kai made his best display ever in a Chelsea jersey during a 2-0 home win against Everton on March 8, setting both goals after deployment as a false nine. Tuchel appears to have found the former Leverkusen star’s better position and could play a key role in the Blues’ bid for domestic and European silver if it continues to improve over the coming weeks.