Thomas Tuchel has called for patience to help Kai Havertz realise his rich potential at Chelsea.
The £71million recruit has had to battle Covid-19 and a number of minor injuries since his summer Bayer Leverkusen switch, and is yet to display his full attacking capabilities in English football.
Havertz has a niggle that could yet keep him out of Monday night’s Stamford Bridge clash with Newcastle.
The 21-year-old is yet to live up to his hefty summer price tag, but boss Tuchel insisted that is of no concern as long as Chelsea steer him back to his best.
“It takes time and there is no short answer – if there was then I would go and talk to him to bring out his full potential,” said Tuchel.
“What we know and what we can rely on is this potential in him, there is logic to show it on the pitch.
“For every transfer and change of club is different, sometimes you need more time to adapt, sometimes it is quick, sometimes it is a process.
“All we can do is push him, support him and give him what he needs and we will figure this out.
“He had a really good start with us and I have the feeling that I see a guy who is self-aware, humble and incredibly talented.
“There are no doubts that he will show those full qualities, and the sooner the better.
“Unfortunately he has missed training and matches for us, and hopefully he will come back in the next days.
“And I am convinced he will have a big impact.”