Kai Havertz ‘didn’t seem to care’ on ‘strange’ Chelsea debut, reckons Paul Merson

Kai Havertz made a slow start to his Chelsea career on Monday night (Picture: Getty Images) Kai Havertz seemed uninterested in a ‘strange’ debut for Chelsea against Brighton, believes Arsenal legend Paul Merson.

The German arrived from Bayer Leverkusen this summer for a fee that could rise to £71m and an awful lot is expected of the 21-year-old sensation.

However, it proved to be a slow start to his Stamford Bridge career when he started the Blues’ first game of the season at Brighton last Monday.

Frank Lampard ’s side won the game 3-1, but Havertz was quiet and substituted in the second half after not making much impression.

Former Arsenal and England star Merson found it a strange performance and wants to see a much more committed Havertz when Chelsea take on Liverpool in the Premier League this Sunday.

‘ Kai Havertz has got a lot do. He didn’t play well,’ Merson wrote for the Daily Star .

‘He didn’t even look interested at times. When he came off, he didn’t really seem to care. It was strange.’

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‘I liked him. It’s not a game where you come away and say “there’s 10 vintage moments” but I thought there were moments of big quality and calmness,’ said the Chelsea boss.

‘It’s a big ask [to settle in immediately] there’s lot on his shoulders for the singing that he was he’s young and coming into a new league.

Lampard was happy enough with Havertz’s debut (Picture: Getty Images) ‘He plays the game at such a quality and the way in which he receives the ball. We saw a few glimpses of that. We saw him sprint back 80 yards to make a tackle after giving the ball away. Everything I’ve seen in terms of his character is spot on.

‘His quality will come through. It’s asking a lot for him tonight but we saw glimpses. We’re going to see a lot more of him, I think he’s a hugely talented young player.’

Chelsea host Liverpool at 4.30pm on Sunday and Havertz will almost certainly be involved.

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