With plenty of expectation on Chelsea’s latest youngster Kai Havertz following his big money move from Bayer Leverkusen, Kai Havertz seem to be struggling for form and failing to meet these set expectations.
Havertz joined Chelsea for around £70m in the summer transfer window of 2020 and has just been able to get a goal and an assist in 14 Premier League matches for the club.
However, his manager Frank Lampard has come out to the open to defend his latest acquisition following his poor run of form.
In his defence, Frank brings up Kai Havertz recent Covid-19 infection and says the effect of covid has hit the midfielder real hard.
Frank Lampard has backed the young German midfielder to overcome his Covid-19 struggles and adapt to the rigorous demands of the Premier League.
Frank Lampard had this to say concerning Kai;
“Just as Kai was coming to terms with the Premier League and had some really good performances with us, he got Covid and he had it quite severely. I think people are really starting to open up about now.
“I have read a few things recently about how much people can suffer with it now. Some people are asymptomatic. He definitely has had a bit of a fallout with that physically and I speak with him a lot and we know that.
“I have full belief in him. We need to give him that time particularly because of the covid situation – That is a problem. That is not a non issue; It is an issue that is related beyond his illness.”
Chelsea have only managed to salvage one win in their last five matches and face Pep Guardiola’s Manchester city next.
Manchester City have reported five recent cases of covid-19 in the last week and according to Pep, five key players will miss the Chelsea game.
Frank Lampard has this to say about Coronavirus effect on football;
“Very challenging, not just for me but the medical team and sports science because some players are asymptomatic and come back training within a few days and reach their top level, but then there are some players who take longer.
“They report tiredness and fatigue and because everything is so new, we don’t have anything to gauge it by. We don’t have the right methods to know how to get players back to a level as quickly as possible.
“It’s not just us but a problem for the league. This year is different and will be different until we get to the other side.”