The Croatia international has backed his new teammate to become a “great player” for the Blues once he adjusted to the demands of the Premier League.
Kai Havertz has “huge potential” according to Mateo Kovacic, who insists he is “not afraid” for the “elegant” midfielder despite the difficulties he endured early in his career. Chelsea career.
Chelsea invested £ 70million ($ 95million) in Havertz’s talents during the summer transfer window. the Germany international committed to a five-year contract at Stamford Bridge after his departure Bayer Leverkusen where he had established himself as one of the most exciting young playmakers in Europe.
The 21-year-old has been unable to build on that reputation during the first half of the 2020-2021 campaign. Havertz recorded just four goals and four assists in his 19 appearances for the Blues so far and has been dropped on the bench for the club’s last two Premier League games.
Kovacic started in front of the former Leverkusen star in Chelsea’s 3-1 loss to Arsenal this weekend, with Frank Lampard now facing another selection dilemma ahead of a tough home game against Aston Villa Monday.
Havertz is online for a recall with Lampard set to announce changes following his team’s fourth loss of the season, and Kovacic backed his new teammate to prove his skeptics wrong once he adjusted to the demands of English football.
“I like Kai Havertz a lot,” said the Croatian midfielder at Chelsea. official site. “He’s such a talented player. He’s a great signing for Chelsea. He’ll be a huge player for Chelsea and for world football, I’m sure.
“He has huge potential. He’s such an elegant player. He just needs to learn how to play in the Premier League, that’s all. It’s a tough league with a huge pace, and he will get used to it. Game by game he’s improving me so I’m not afraid for Kai. “
Kovacic also reserved special praise for Mason Mount, who became one of the most important members of Lampard’s squad in his first 18 months at the helm of Stamford Bridge.
Mount and Havertz are both five years younger than Kovacic, but he says he’s eager to learn from the Chelsea duo as they look to advance their own careers.
“Mason has a great desire to work, his attitude is excellent and he is very talented”, he added. “It’s normal that he is doing so well because I saw his talent last year. We love to talk. They can also give me advice. They’re both better scorers than me, so I can look to them.
“It’s not a question of age. Each player has their attributes. We talk and we can learn from each other. For me, I want to get better in every game. I can still improve and be better in parts of the games that I try to do. I can improve a lot and I’m sure I’ll be even better as the season goes on. “