Chelsea legend Michael Ballack urges Chelsea to be patient with Kai Havertz.
The 21-year old German playmaker has struggled to live up to his expectations since his arrival from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer window.
He is yet to live up to his hefty £71million price tag having scored just once in 18 Premier League appearances.
Former Chelsea hero Michael Ballack believes Havertz can emerge as a key player in the Chelsea squad in the days to come.
“It is important for Chelsea to understand that if you buy a player with that kind of potential, then you have to give him time, bit by bit,” Ballack told The World Game.
“So he can be in that role and that the team can be built around him.
“At the moment there are too many players that fight for many positions. There are only a few players that are so to speak ‘untouchable’.
“Therefore he now faces a normal competitive scenario. It just depends on him, if he is able to win it.
“He needs that will, but if he sees it and takes on the fight then he will be able to get that spot as he has exceptional football qualities.
“However it is a different level than at Leverkusen. Therefore he has to live with it.”