Chelsea star Kai Havertz issues perfect response to Paul Merson’s ‘shellshocked’ claim

Chelsea were held to a 3-3 draw by Southampton on Saturday afternoon, despite taking a commanding lead at Stamford Bridge. Despite not picking up all three points, there were plenty of positives for Frank Lampard to take, including Kai Havertz’s first league goal for the club.

Chelsea star Kai Havertz issued the perfect response to some pre-match criticism from Paul Merson in which the former Arsenal man claimed he looks “shellshocked”.

Havertz has got off to a slow start with the Blues, but picked things up with his first Premier League goal during the draw with Southampton on Saturday.

The 21-year-old arrived from Germany in the summer as the club’s record signing at around £75m, having impressed for Bayer Leverkusen.

But after a disappointing opening spell, Merson said that he is having his reservations of him and fellow countryman Timo Werner, who was also searching for a first league goal before he bagged a brace against Southampton.

“Yeah, you’d be worried,” Merson told Jeff Stelling on Sky Sports. “Especially when you’re scoring four at home against Crystal Palace, and you’re not scoring.

“It’s different if you’re winning games 1-0. I would be a little bit worried. I watched them play for Germany the other day.

“I have to give Havertz the benefit of the doubt, he’s a young lad who’s come over with a big fee, moving country; I’d give him a bit of time.

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“I think Werner might be suited to play to the left or right of a three, coming in from the wings where he’s harder to pick up.

“If you’ve got him playing with his back to the play, he’s going to find it difficult.

“Havertz, at the moment, looks a bit shell shocked. I think he’s thinking ‘this league’s harder than I thought it is.’

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“Every game is a hard game, no matter who you play, and I think he’s got to get used to that. He is a young lad though, and I would definitely give him time.”

Chelsea are back in action on Tuesday night when they host Sevilla in the Champions League.

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