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Tuchel backs Havertz to fulfill his potential at Chelsea

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Kai Havertz has failed to impress at Chelsea but Thomas Tuchel remains certain the German will live to his reputation at the club.

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has backed Kai Havertz to be a success at the club despite an unconvincing debut campaign so far.

The German joined the Blues in a club-record £89m deal from Bayer Leverkusen in September. He impressed in his final season in Bundesliga, scoring 17 goals in 43 games across all competitions for Leverkusen.

Much was expected from Havertz upon his arrival but the 21-year-old is yet to live up to the hype and has struggled in English football.

The German missed Chelsea’s FA Cup fifth-round 1-0 win at Barnsley on Thursday due to an ongoing injury and Tuchel is confident that once fit he will reach the heights he once did while at Bayer Leverkusen.

“I am pretty sure we will see [the Leverkusen Havertz], there is no short answer though,” Tuchel said in a press conference as per Sky Sports.

“What we know is there is all this potential in him and he can show it on the pitch.”

“For every transfer, change of club, every player is different. Some players need more time to adapt, sometimes it is a process. All we can do is push him, support him and give him what he needs.”

“He had a good start with us, good matches and I have a feeling that he is a guy who is clear, self-aware, humble and very talented. There are no doubts he will show this.”

“Hopefully he can come back in the next days because I am confident he can have a big impact.”