Chelsea star Kai Havertz’s body language is worrying, according to former Blues star Robert Huth. The midfielder arrived from Bayer Leverkusen back in the summer for a huge fee of £72million. But he’s struggled during his time in west London so far, toiling amid the Blues’ inconsistent start to the Premier League season.
Chelsea thought they were onto a winner when they signed Havertz, beating the likes of Manchester United and Real Madrid to the 21-year-old’s signature.
But, so far, the Germany international’s time in west London is yet to work out.
Havertz has scored just one Premier League goal this term while managing to register just two assists in the time since.
And Huth, speaking to Stadium Astro, has hit out at the playmaker for what he perceives to be worrying body language.
“It’s all well and good saying he needs to be the main guy but he’s at a big club and he needs to make that happen himself. Now is the time to shine,” he said.
“I just don’t like his body language at all, he looks a bit lightweight.
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“It’s his first year, but he looks like he’s not bothered at times. He loses the ball, gives it away and doesn’t work back. It is a difficult time to come in with no fans, but you just want to shake him.
“We used to have Mahrez in our changing room [at Leicester] who got a lot better, but the team took care of him by saying ‘you can’t just do one side of it or 10 minutes of the game’.
“Maybe Chelsea lack that internal leader or leaders where that conversation happens.
“It’s not always a nice conversation to have when you’re not performing well, but it needs to happen.
“He needs someone to tell him what it takes to play in the Premier League. Maybe the whole changing room is a little bit too nice.”
Another German to misfire at Stamford Bridge is Timo Werner.
The former RB Leipzig star has found the net just four times from 19 Premier League matches so far, failing to get going in west London.
And Huth believes Werner will come good in the end, though expressed a belief the striker was low on confidence.
“He started well,” added the ex-Blues star.
“We can talk about whether he should play down the middle or on the wing, but the fact is that he just can’t score at the moment.
“He does get chances. He does get in positions, we have seen it before with strikers, he is in one of those phases where he needs a goal and his confidence builds.”
Meanwhile, regarding Havertz, and former Tottenham star Jamie O’Hara thinks the midfielder plays like an academy player.
“The pressure is on,” he told talkSPORT.
“Because he’s brought in some of the best players in Europe and it hasn’t quite worked.
“The players obviously have to put in the performances on the pitch, and they’re not doing it.
“Timo Werner just doesn’t look like the player he was at Leipzig; he can’t finish, his touch is off and he doesn’t look sharp.
“Havertz has come in and he’s playing like an academy player!
“When you bring in a player for £70million you expect things to happen straight away.
“I feel for him, but at the end of the day it’s Chelsea Football Club and he’s been there and done it, and seen managers come and go, so he can’t expect a different run just because he’s Frank Lampard and a club legend.
“He has to get results as [the board] won’t take too many defeats.”