Redknapp backs Kai
Jamie Redknapp has urged Chelsea fans to give Kai Havertz time to adjust to life in the Premier League before judging him.
It’s a question of time,” Redknapp said of Havertz during an appearance on Sky Sports. “He’s a young man that’s just come to the country.
He had trained with the club for five days and was miles off it when he was thrown into the game against Brighton. He played half the game today and I don’t think it suited him as the striker.
You’ve got to give the lad time. It’s hard but it’s hard enough for an English player moving to a new club in the Premier League let alone a foreigner.“We’ve got to be very careful as we’re judging a player and already labelling where he’s going to play.
He’s a tremendous player and he’s got lots of talent. They’ve got to give it time. They’ve got [Christian] Pulisic and [Hakim] Ziyech to come in and he’s a No 10 who’s going to go head-to-head with Mason Mount.
I think with the three midfielders they had in there today, they need a bit more craft. N’Gole Kane was the most progressive and looking to make things happen but that’s not his job.
Lampard in Kepa vow
Frank Lampard has admitted he will fight to boost Kepa Arrizabalaga’s brittle confidence after the goalkeeper’s latest mistake in Chelsea’s 2-0 Premier League loss to Liverpool.
Rennes stopper Edouard Mendy is close to completing a move to Chelsea, but Lampard has upheld his policy of refusing to talk about players from other clubs.
It’s a clear mistake that has cost us,” said Lampard.
Because we went on to have a penalty that things could be different if we score, and fine margins like that change games.
So we have to keep working, Kepa has to keep working and he has to have support around him, that’s very clear. But it was a clear mistake on the day.
And now we’ve got to try to give him confidence, because that’s important. It’s a clear mistake, he’s accepted that and we have to hold our hands up to that.
I can say now that Willy Caballero will play against Barnsley, and that was always my feeling to play him on Wednesday, regardless of today. So I don’t want people to make judgements on that game itself.
He’s our player and it’s clear now from the two games, today was a clear mistake and there was a mistake at Brighton as well, and he’s reflected on that in that way.
So we have to keep working, that’s the rules of football, difficult times, individually players need support, particularly from myself and I give that to all the players. So we have to keep working.
Nobody tries to make mistakes in football, that’s the nature of the game. So we have to be strong and keep going.
kai havertz was not given chance to prove his worth due to the not sufficient playing time
Kepa now has more goal involvements (1) than Havertz and Werner combined, despite being a Goalkeeper.
Was good today, shouldn’t have been subbed at half time
He didn’t have a pre-season. The Brighton and Liverpool games were his first games in a long time. I think he has been decent and will be good when Pulisic and Ziyech are back since hes been playing out of position
He is playing great.
Just he has a stupid manager who took him out
No Chelsea fan can’t stand them but have a day off he’s played 1 and a half games give the kid a chance it’s a big step up from Leverkuson to Chelsea with a 90mil price tag as long as he’s managed right given time and patience he will be a very good asset for them
He has yet to be played in an effective position by Lampard so he has had no service and very little involvement in build-up play. Until he’s played as a #10 we’ll not see what he can do.
He actually had really good linkup play with kova and some good passes into the attacking area, some interesting decision making but overall played pretty well, its a shame he was a sacrifice for Tomori
All the people saying “flop” are dense, he’s played two games in which he was subbed in both, just needs to find his footing and he’ll be good