Apparently there are some people writing Kai Havertz off already, after two games where he essentially played out of position.
Yes he is versatile and can play in a number of roles, but he is undoubtedly going to be more comfortable playing in a more natural central role in the midfield. So far he has played wide, and as a centre forward.
This is not even taking into account the fact he is arriving from a different league abroad, and EVERY player needs a bedding in period and time to gel with his new team mates, under a new manager, in new surroundings.
It really is not rocket science.
Thankfully, we do have pundits speaking sense sometimes, and this time it is Jamie Redknapp addressing said criticism of Havertz and talking sense entirely.
As reported by The Daily Mirror, Redknapp told Sky Sports after the game, “It’s a question of time”.
“He’s a young man that’s just come to the country.
“He had trained with the club for five days and was miles off it when he was thrown into the game against Brighton. He played half the game today and I don’t think it suited him as the striker.
“You’ve got to give the lad time. It’s hard but it’s hard enough for an English player moving to a new club in the Premier League let alone a foreigner.
“We’ve got to be very careful as we’re judging a player and already labelling where he’s going to play.
“He’s a tremendous player and he’s got lots of talent. They’ve got to give it time. They’ve got [Christian] Pulisic and [Hakim] Ziyech to come in and he’s a No 10 who’s going to go head-to-head with Mason Mount.