Thomas Tuchel has asked for patience to help Kai Havertz realize his great potential at Chelsea.
The £71 million recruit has had to fight Covid-19 and a series of minor injuries since his summer move from Bayer Leverkusen and has yet to demonstrate all of his attacking capabilities in English football.
Havertz has a niggle that could still keep him out of Monday night’s Stamford Bridge clash with Newcastle.
The 21-year-old is yet to live up to his hefty summer price tag, but boss Tuchel insisted that’s not a cause for concern as long as Chelsea brings him back to his best level.
“It takes time and there is no short answer – if there was then I would go and talk to him to bring out his full potential,” said Tuchel.
“What we know and what we can rely on is this potential in him, there is logic to show it on the pitch.
“For every transfer and change of club is different, sometimes you need more time to adapt, sometimes it is quick, sometimes it is a process.
“All we can do is push him, support him and give him what he needs and we will figure this out.
“He had a really good start with us and I have the feeling that I see a guy who is self-aware, humble, and incredibly talented.
“There are no doubts that he will show those full qualities, and the sooner the better.”