‘He didn’t even seem interested at times’: Paul Merson SLAMS Kai Havertz for his ‘strange’ debut performance for Chelsea against Brighton this week and says German needs to improve against Liverpool
- Paul Merson claims that Kai Havertz had a bad and uninterested Chelsea debut
- The 21-year-old German joined the Blues earlier this year with a move of £ 89 million
- Havertz played 80 minutes of Chelsea’s 3-1 win over Brighton on Monday evening
- Frank LeBouef says Havertz shouldn’t play against Liverpool if he’s not ready
Paul Merson beat Kai Havertz for an ‘uninterested’ Premier League debut last week, calling on the German to improve his stance.
The German attacking midfielder joined Bayer Leverkusen’s Blues this summer in a £ 89 million move, making his debut last Monday in the West Londoners’ 3-1 win over Brighton.
Havertz did not get on the score sheet before leaving with ten minutes to play, and Merson claimed the 21-year-old did not look up to his Premier League debut.
Kai Havertz had an ‘uninterested’ debut for Chelsea in their win over Brighton, says Paul Merson
The ex-Arsenal man said the 21-year-old German didn’t play well and didn’t seem interested
The former Arsenal midfielder told the Daily Star: ‘Kai Havertz has a lot to do. He didn’t play well.
Sometimes he didn’t even seem interested. When he got away, he didn’t really seem to care. It was strange. ‘
Havertz is part of Frank Lamapard’s £ 200m overhaul of the Chelsea squad this summer, bringing fellow countryman Timo Werner to the club for £ 47.5m from RB Leipzig.
After beating Brighton in their opening game of the season, Blues will travel to Premier League champions Liverpool on Sunday in a match that could determine how successful the summer spending has been.
Frank LeBouef says Frank Lampard (right) shouldn’t choose Havertz (left) if he’s not ready
Former Chelsea defender Frank LeBoeuf thinks Lampard shouldn’t play against Havertz if he’s not physically ready to play.
The German joined on September 4, just eight days before the start of the Premier League, in a period affected by the international break.
LeBeouf told ESPN, “I think Frank Lampard should line up the players who are ready, who are ready to compete.
“If Havertz isn’t ready, if he’s not physically ready, he shouldn’t be playing … Chelsea should show they can fight with Liverpool.”