As with most of Chelsea’s big-money summer signings, Kai Havertz hasn’t quite lived up to expectations. He knows, we know it, everyone knows it.
But we also know that adapting to a new league and a new life can be tough, especially at a young age, and especially when it’s done in the middle of a pandemic and a lockdown. Throw in a couple injuries, a couple different coaches, plenty of different positions and roles, and even a bout with COVID-19, and it’s safe to say that Havertz’s first season at Stamford Bridge has been quite a challenge.
“To be honest, it’s very tough. It’s a big change. It’s very hard because you play every three days and the intensity here is much more than in Germany, to be honest...”
“I know it was a tough season for me, not the best season of me. But I knew before I came it would take some months to adapt to this league, to the country, and since [the last] two or three months I feel very confident. I play well, I score goals, I assist some goals and that is what I want to do.
“Of course it was not the best season but I always look forward step by step and try to do my best to help the team. I know I can do a lot better, and hopefully I will do better in the next season.”
And yet, he can finish this season on the highest of high notes, too.
But first, there is the (not-so-)small matter of finishing in the top four.
“It’s the most important thing. You come here to Chelsea of course to win trophies but we knew that the first half of the season was not the best and now we’re in a place where we have to come to the top four.
“The title is gone for the season and we want to play Champions League next year, that’s 100% sure. Every player has the quality to play in the Champions League. We will give our best and hopefully we will end up there and play next year in the Champions League.”
-Kai Havertz; source: Sky
So say we all.