Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has defended Kai Havertz on his recent form with Chelsea and has responded to criticism about his desire and pace of work.
The 21-year-old has struggled to make an impact since his £ 71 million transfer from Bayer Leverkusen last Summer.
Lampard is convinced that Havertz is pushing himself on the field.
“I can officially say from working with Kai that desire is absolutely not part of the issue,’ said Lampard.
“Is he as confident right now, at this minute, as he can be or will be? No, because he is having a tough moment, as are other members of the squad.
Frank Lampard responds to criticism of Kai Havertz’s performance with Chelsea
The 21-year-old has struggled to make an impact since his £ 71 million transfer from Bayer Leverkusen last September.
But Lampard is convinced that Havertz is pushing himself on the field.
“Kevin De Bruyne and Mo Salah are players who were here at a similar age to Kai. They left, took time out and came back, and are now absolute Premier League legends.
“I don’t want to strengthen Kai and put that pressure on his shoulders, but clearly there has to be a moment with the young players that come to this league, where people have to give them time, patience and sometimes a little room. of maneuvers.
“It’s not that everything happens in a few months or in a performance.
“He has a style that maybe when things don’t go well, people want to move on. I’ve seen players like that over the years, some incredibly talented players.
“But let me tell you, I want it from him, the ground he covers in games is great, the data and statistics are great, and he needs time because we have seen this story many times with players.
“I know him well, he is a good boy and my job is to train him as I train the young players who came to this team last year and made a real name for themselves, to continue improving him.
“And now is the time to give him confidence and show my support and he has my absolute support.”