Ian Wright lays into Kai Havertz’ lack of striker instinct as forward costs Germany dearly

Kai Havertz is such a frustrating player.

Chelsea fans have watched him for years and can’t quite give up on the dream of him being a success – despite more bad games than good games at this point.

It seems like Germany are in the same boat – they lost to Japan today with Havertz starting as their false 9, but on English TV the pundits weren’t pulling their punches.

Ian Wright doesn’t get stuck into anyone unless he really needs to, but he wasn’t excusing a pretty anonymous showing from the former Bayer Leverkusen man.

In quotes picked up by the Metro, legendary poacher Wrighty laid into Havertz’ instincts as the forward strayed offside in a totally unnecessary way so that his goal was ruled out.

“Just stay where you are!” raged Wright as they watched the replays.

“The ball is coming across there. You don’t need to go. If he just waits, just stay there you’ll be able to slide in and get it.

“The thing is you could see how much close he was to the goal. I can’t believe this is happening at this level!”

Perhaps, for all his amazing quality in his technique and movement, Havertz just lacks that upbringing as a striker that he needs to play at the very highest level.

In the end, his failure to score cost his team dearly, as Japan reversed the 1-0 to win 2-1.