Former Liverpool striker Peter Crouch has singled out Chelsea’s £70 million man Kai Havertz for criticism following his “underwhelming” performance against Juventus on Wednesday night.
After losing to title rivals Manchester City on Saturday, Thomas Tuchel’s side suffered their second consecutive defeat. Kai Havertz played the entire 90 minutes.
Despite being regarded as one of his generation’s most gifted playmakers, Havertz was unable to break down a tenacious Juventus side that spent much of the second half defending their lead.
Federico Chiesa scored the game’s only goal just eleven seconds after the restart, and Chelsea went on to dominate possession without really threatening their opponents until late in the game.
Both record signing Romelu Lukaku and Havertz missed golden opportunities to tie the game up late in the game.
Crouch discussed the advantages and disadvantages of Havertz’s playing style while analyzing the game for BT Sport as part of his punditry duties.
“I thought Ziyech and Havertz were very disappointing. I think Havertz reminds me of Ozil”, Crouch said.
“He does things where it comes easy to him and he looks technically brilliant. But he can also look lazy and laboured at times and he can frustrate you and I thought tonight(Wednesday) they were frustrating.”
Havertz’s Chelsea career has been hit and miss since arriving in West London this time last year, with flashes of his explosive brilliance all too uncommon among extended stretches of bad play.
Given his exorbitant price tag, Chelsea fans have great hopes for Havertz, although the jury is still out.
Some would argue that his price tag was justified when he scored the game-winning goal in last season’s Champions League final against Manchester City.
Many anticipated that after Havertz’s goal gave Chelsea their second Champions League championship in a row, he would go on and deliver on a more frequent basis, but that has not been the case.
The German international has started all but one of Chelsea’s 10 games this season in all competitions, but has come off the bench in the past two against Manchester City and Aston Villa.