Kai Havertz did not enjoy the most prolific Chelsea debut against Brighton & Hove Albion last Monday.
Chelsea did go on to win 3-1 in their first Premier League game of the season but Havertz had the least influence in the game.
Mostly absent throughout the buildup process, Havertz featured for an hour into the game before getting taken off. Many expected a more vigoured showing after his arrival from Bayer Leverkusen on such pomp and prestige.
Speaking afterwards, as quoted by the Metro, he said, “I feel good, it was a very tough game, very difficult because I had a long holiday and I came back and I just trained for like five or six days with the team so I think more important is that we won so I’m very happy, very glad to make my debut and hopefully I will play more of these games.
“Yeah of course (I was tired) I think it’s normal. The Premier League is much tougher than the Bundesliga and I saw that in training, I saw that in the game as well, but I am happy to play 80 mins and hopefully next week I will continue.”
It will be foolish to judge a player based on one game. Many forget Havertz is still only 21 years old and will take time to adjust to the Premier League.
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