Frank Lampard has been urged to not break his formation for Kai Havertz.
Chelsea are on a winning streak of six games and the attack has really come to life in the last few matches.
Without Havertz, the front three of Tammy Abraham, Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech looks more balanced as a unit and much more effective, scoring 9 goals in their last three wins. Since arriving for £71 million last summer, Havertz has struggled to replicate his Bundesliga form.
Paul Merson said, “Chelsea have found the right blend up front without Kai Havertz in the team and he might find himself on the fringes now. It’s so competitive there now that if you find yourself out of the team it could be hard to get back in.
“Havertz has missed a few games because he tested positive for coronavirus, and Chelsea have won them all. They’ve had Tammy Abraham up front and Timo Werner playing wider, and it has suited them. It looks like their best system.
“Havertz wasn’t pulling up any trees before he missed those games. He’s a young lad who needs time to settle. I wouldn’t throw him back in against Tottenham because they look better without him right now.
“Spurs did exactly what I thought against Manchester City and proved they are going to be contenders. But I actually think Chelsea will test them more.
“City were trying to score the perfect goal. Chelsea will be more direct and have more pace. I don’t think Spurs can have 35 per cent possession against them and win.”
Merson does have a point. Given Havertz’s form, it would be unwise to throw him into the lineup against such good opposition. He is still only 21 years old and has plenty of time to fulfil his potential.