Thomas Tuchel sends warning to struggling Chelsea star Kai Havertz

Tuchel remains confident in Havertz’s ability (Picture: Getty Images)

Thomas Tuchel has warned Kai Havertz that he cannot ‘rely on his endless talent’ alone but remains confident he will become a ‘huge part’ of Chelsea.

Havertz has struggled since arriving at Stamford Bridge in a £75million transfer this summer and has only found the net once in 17 Premier League appearances.

The 21-year-old found him in and out of the Chelsea team in the final weeks of Frank Lampard’s reign but played a full 90 minutes against Wolves in Tuchel’s first game in charge.

Tuchel insists he will be pushing Havertz to fulfil his potential and is confident he’ll get there, if he puts the hard yards in.

‘What I feel from him is a very friendly, intelligent and open guy, with a lot of potential and we will push him,’ said Tuchel.

‘He seems to be like the guy that needs to be pushed, we will not stop it.

Havertz has struggled so far at Chelsea (Picture: Danehouse/Getty Images)

‘For him, this league is perfect because he cannot rest. He has so much potential that he has to be challenged physically also, it is not enough that he can rely on his endless talent.

‘In the end, the question is does he have this, can he show his teeth in the end when it gets tough and I was very happy on Wednesday, it was him that did almost the decisive header in the box against all the towers from Wolverhampton.

‘It would have been a nice goal but he did not hesitate and that is what I want to see from him, the rest will come because Kai can be a huge, huge part of this club.’

Tuchel also offered an explanation as to why the transition to English football has been so tricky for the Germany international.

‘His potential is endless, almost endless. It is a challenge for him, and I think he made a very brave choice, you have to understand,’ added Tuchel.

‘I am a huge fan of Bayer Leverkusen in terms of how they have developed as a club over years and years and what players they developed and what quality of football they play.

‘But, you come from Leverkusen to Chelsea, the culture can not be any more different. A club where it is okay to maybe be second or third best, to reach the top four and repeat for this on a very high level.

Tuchel is confident Havertz will come good (Picture: Getty Images)

‘Then you go to a club where they talk about trophies and winning titles, it is so open, there is a certain atmosphere like at Bayern Munich they do this every year, they demand titles, titles and more titles and it does something to a club in the atmosphere.

‘So that means that Kai has stopped not just to a different country, not only to a different club, not only different teammates, itself is already complicated, he even changes his culture and club environment in a dramatic way.

‘And I love it because he is so far out of his comfort zone.’

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