Former Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski has suggested that Kai Havertz is still lacking some of the qualities needed to succeed in the Premier League.
Havertz is a major transfer target for Chelsea this summer, after his meteoric rise in the Bayer Leverkusen first team.
The midfielder made his debut for the Bundesliga club as a 17-year-old four years ago. He has since scored 46 goals in 150 appearances for Leverkusen, earning seven caps for Germany in the process.
While Havertz will not come cheap – Bayer sporting director Rudi Voller has rubbished the idea of them giving a discount – Chelsea are keen to add him to their developing squad.
However, Podolski thinks the 21-year-old needs to improve his “strength and power” before moving to the Premier League.
“He’s a great talent,” Podolski said of Havertz, via The Sun. “On the ball he is so creative, but he’s still young — let’s see if he can fit into the Premier League.
“I think he is still missing some strength and power, but he should taste the drink of the Premier League and see if he likes it.
“I did, but I knew I would like it. I’m strong, I have a good shot, I’m from the street, I’m like a pitbull.
“I knew I could deal with the Premier League with the long balls, the physical side and the referees.”
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If Havertz completes a move to Stamford Bridge, he would be the second player Chelsea sign from Germany this summer.
The Blues have already agreed a deal to sign Timo Werner from RB Leipzig. And Podolski thinks the striker will be an instant hit in London.
“When you score 28 goals in the Bundesliga, you are a good player,” Podolski told The Athletic.
“He’s quick, has a good shot, runs a lot and will fit in with this Chelsea team with its young players and coach, if they can accommodate him.”