‘An exceptional talent’ – Jamie Redknapp lavishes praise on Chelsea’s Kai Havertz for recent form

Havertz has evidenced his quality in recent weeks, says Redknapp (Picture: Getty Images)

Jamie Redknapp has hailed Kai Havertz for his recent form for Chelsea, labelling him ‘an exceptional talent’.

The Germany international was brought in from Bayer Leverkusen last summer in a deal worth £72million but initially struggled to live up to that price tag in the early parts of the season.

In recent weeks, though, Havertz’s performances have stepped up several gears. The 21-year-old scored a brace in a 2-0 Premier League win over Fulham and followed that up with a dazzling performance in the second leg of Chelsea’s Champions League semi-final victory against Real Madrid.

Tuchel faces Guardiola this weekend in a Champions League final rehearsal (Picture: Getty Images)

And former Liverpool midfielder Redknapp believes that after a testing start to life in England’s top flight, Havertz is now showing the class of a player who lit up Germany’s Bundesliga last season.

‘Havertz was a player that really impressed me against Real Madrid,’ Redknapp told Sky SportsPitch To Post Preview Podcast.

‘Over the last three or four weeks, you can see a young player with tremendous quality. He glides around the pitch, it’s effortless for him and the qualities he possesses.

‘That’s why I was understanding of his problems earlier in the year: he’d had COVID, he’d been away from home in a year like no other, family and friends couldn’t visit him… We expect players to come into our league and hit the ground running and be amazing but it just doesn’t work like that.

‘I think from his perspective, the form we’re seeing Havertz in now is the player I watched a lot in the Bundesliga last year.

‘I was pretty sure he was going to become that player. He had a similar season in Germany to that, where in the first half of the season he struggled then second half he really came into his own.

‘He’s an exceptional talent. He travels so well with the ball. A little bit like – and I’m not comparing him to him yet – but Kevin De Bruyne, who has that unbelievable pace when he dribbles with it and so does Havertz.

‘He’s very quick with the ball. You could see it at times against Real Madrid as he was going past people.’

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