NUSADAILY.COM – LONDON – Chelsea coach Frank Lampard has admitted that Kai Havertz is not in his best physical condition after suffering ‘severe’ symptoms of the November coronavirus last year.
Chelsea managed to get the 21-year-old midfielder from Bayer Leverkusen for a fantastic value of 70 million pounds (around Rp1.34 trillion) in the summer of 2020.
However, Havertz has sat on the bench in the Blues’ last three games. He showed only a glimpse of the talent that made Chelsea interested in recruiting him from the start.
Lampard stressed that there needs to be an understanding around his poor performance and the physical impact of COVID-19 still seems to affect the player.
“Just like Kai who has just adapted to the English Premier League and he has had some very good performances with us, he has COVID and he is suffering from COVID quite severely because I think people are really starting to open up now,” Lampard told reporters ahead of a home game with Manchester City on Sunday.
“I’ve read a few things recently about how much people can suffer from COVID right now. Some people show no symptoms,” the England coach was quoted as saying by Goal.
‘He must have had a bit of a physical problem and I talked to him a lot and we knew that. We’re trying to help him deal with the problem.”
“I have complete confidence in him. We need to give him time, especially because of the COVID situation, that is a problem.”
Lampard himself made the same big move when he moved to Chelsea from West Ham in 2001. The former England midfielder took a year to adapt before he showed his qualities and became the London club’s top scorer. (sak/ant)