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‘You just want to shake him!’ Robert Huth slams Chelsea summer signing Kai Havertz and rates Timo Werner


Three-time Premier League winner Robert Huth has slammed Chelsea’s Kai Havertz (Picture: Getty)

Three-time Premier League winner Robert Huth has slammed Kai Havertz and says he wants to ‘shake’ the Chelsea summer signing due to what he perceives as poor body language.

Much was expected of Germany international Havertz after he completed a £72million move to Chelsea from Bayer Leverkusen over the summer.

The 21-year-old has largely underwhelmed, however, scoring just once in 16 Premier League appearances.

Havertz’s struggles have coincided with a shocking run from Frank Lampard’s side, who have lost five of their last eight matches to slip down the Premier League table.

Huth, who won two titles during his spell at Chelsea, has criticised Havertz and says he doesn’t look ‘bothered’ at times.

‘It’s all well and good saying he needs to be the main guy but he’s at a big club and he needs to make that happen himself. Now is the time to shine,’ Huth told Stadium Astro.

‘I just don’t like his body language at all, he looks a bit lightweight. It’s his first year, but he looks like he’s not bothered at times.

Havertz has struggled since arriving at Stamford Bridge (Picture: Getty)

‘He loses the ball, gives it away and doesn’t work back. It is a difficult time to come in with no fans, but you just want to shake him.

‘We used to have [Riyad] Mahrez in our changing room [at Leicester] who got a lot better, but the team took care of him by saying “you can’t just do one side of it or 10 minutes of the game”.

‘Maybe Chelsea lack that internal leader or leaders where that conversation happens. It’s not always a nice conversation to have when you’re not performing well, but it needs to happen.

‘He needs someone to tell him what it takes to play in the Premier League. Maybe the whole changing room is a little bit too nice.’

Huth also discussed Timo Werner’s form for the Blues. The Germany striker – who cost £50m – has scored just four Premier League goals but none since November.

‘Werner started well,’ Huth added.

‘We can talk about whether he should play down the middle or on the wing, but the fact is that he just can’t score at the moment.

‘He does get chances. He does get in positions, we have seen it before with strikers, he is in one of those phases where he needs a goal and his confidence builds.’

Lampard’s Chelsea face Luton Town in the FA Cup on Saturday before returning to Premier League action next Wednesday against Wolves.

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