Kai Havertz has admitted that the first few weeks of his Chelsea career were “difficult” due to the intensity of the Premier League – but thinks things are going “pretty well” for him now.
Havertz was Chelsea’s most expensive signing of a big-spending summer. The German international arrived from Bayer Leverkusen for more than £70m.
However, it has taken him some time to settle in – with some pundits highlighting areas for improvement in his game.
Havertz went some way to silencing the doubters by scoring a hat-trick in the Carabao Cup against Barnsley, but the 21-year-old is still waiting for his first Premier League goal.
He has continued to show his potential while on international duty with Germany, for whom he recorded two assists in a 3-3 draw with Turkey earlier this week.
Now, the playmaker has explained why he has found the transition to English football a challenge so far – even if he does not think the Bundesliga is inferior.
“It was difficult for me, especially because the Premier League is a completely different league,” Havertz told Chelsea’s official website. “It’s more intense and I noticed that in the first few games.
“It has gone pretty well for me recently but I think there is also still a lot of potential upwards. I want to exploit that in the next few weeks and months.”
Havertz knows it will take time
“The hat-trick was good for me,” he continued. “The start was a little difficult because I only trained with the team for five or six days, then played the first game right away.
“It was also a very big step for me to leave my family and familiar surroundings. Of course, it takes time to get it right.
“The intensity in the duels and the runs is much higher. It’s a completely different league and the games are very exhausting.
“The Bundesliga isn’t worse but I noticed differences. It seems to me like there aren’t any average or bad players here – everybody is at a very high level.”