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Paul Merson tells Frank Lampard to bench Chelsea summer signing Kai Havertz for Tottenham clash


Paul Merson has urged Frank Lampard to bench Chelsea summer signing Kai Havertz (Picture: Sky Sports)

Arsenal legend Paul Merson and told Frank Lampard to bench Chelsea summer signing Kai Havertz for the Premier League clash against Tottenham.

The Blues host London rivals Spurs on Sunday knowing a victory could see them climb to the top of the Premier League table.

Lampard has a number of decisions to make for the clash, with Havertz and Christian Pulisic back in contention.

Havertz, who Chelsea signed from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer, is back available having missed almost a month of action after testing positive for coronavirus.

USA international Pulisic, meanwhile, has regained his fitness following an injury he suffered last month.

Despite the availability of Havertz, Merson says Chelsea should stick with the attacking players who have proved effective in recent weeks and leave the Germany international on the bench.

The former Arsenal and England man told StarSport: ‘Chelsea have found the right blend up front without Kai Havertz in the team and he might find himself on the fringes now.

Havertz has endured a mixed start to his Premier League career (Picture: Getty)

‘It’s so competitive there now that if you find yourself out of the team it could be hard to get back in.

‘Havertz has missed a few games because he tested positive for coronavirus, and Chelsea have won them all.

‘They’ve had Tammy Abraham up front and Timo Werner playing wider, and it has suited them. It looks like their best system.

‘Havertz wasn’t pulling up any trees before he missed those games. He’s a young lad who needs time to settle.

‘I wouldn’t throw him back in against Tottenham because they look better without him right now.

‘Spurs did exactly what I thought against Manchester City and proved they are going to be contenders. But I actually think Chelsea will test them more.

‘City were trying to score the perfect goal. Chelsea will be more direct and have more pace. I don’t think Spurs can have 35 per cent possession against them and win.’

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