Former Chelsea defender Frank Leboeuf says that midfielder Kai Havertz has yet to fully convince him, despite his latest strong performance.
Havertz played his second 90-minute stint in a row on Wednesday as Chelsea beat Aletico Madrid to reach the Champions League quarter-finals.
Completing two successive stints in the side may seem a prerequisite for last summer’s most expensive signing.
However, Havertz has struggled to settle in his first season at Stamford Bridge; after an impressive start, the 21-year-old suffered badly with coronavirus and then had a short spell out with injury.
As such, his recent spell in the team earned him rave reviews from Rio Ferdinand. The ex-Manchester United defender made comparisions between the German and his former colleague Dimitar Berbatov.
However, Lebouef has said that he does not feel the same way about the midfielder.
“There is definitely a better situation for Havertz but I’m still not convinced,” he told ESPN FC. “I saw him playing last season and he was like 10 times better than he showed today.
“So I think I’m right to ask more from that player. Everybody tells me that he needs time to settle, fine by me, as long as the others the the job and again he does better.
“But sometimes I say ‘he’s not there, he’s not there’, sometimes the control, the pass. Something he would have never missed last season.
“I want to be patient, I’m not going to say anything more about Havertz, let’s see.”
Havertz arrived at Chelsea with huge expectation on his shoulders, following his move from Bayer Leverkusen.
The German earned a reputation as one of the Bundesliga’s best players, but he has so far struggled to recreate that form.
Nevertheless, Thomas Tuchel’s arrival could yet boost his chances of staking a strong claim in the team.
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