Frank Lampard invested heavily in his squad over the summer, adding six new players at a cost of over £250million. Germany international Havertz represented his most expensive purchase at £72m, but the gifted playmaker is yet to fully settle and nail down a place in his manager’s new-look side.
The 21-year-old contracted coronavirus last month which has also been a factor behind his early season struggles, but Merson is adamant the former Bayer Leverkusen star will come good.
Michael Ballack, who was far more experienced a player when he joined Chelsea from Bayern Munich, also took time to acclimatise to the Premier League and Merson believes Havertz’s early difficulties mirror the problems his compatriot experienced during his early Stamford Bridge career.
‘Not yet I wouldn’t (panic) yet,’ Merson told Sky Sports. ‘I like him I think he’s a good player. I just think he’s a young player who has come over and he’s just got try and get used to this.
‘When he was playing where he was when he was at Leverkusen everything went through him he was the star man. He’s not the star man here so he’s not touching the ball as many times as what he would when he was playing for his club team in Germany.
‘I’d give him time I think he’s a special player. When you’re playing for a team and you’re getting 100 touches of the ball and you go to a team and getting 50 that cuts down your chances of being good.
‘You have to make sure that killer pass happens and you start chasing the game you think you’re not touching the ball as many times and now I’ve got to try and hit the Hollywood pass or get the ball through the eye of a needle when you don’t have to.
‘But I’d definitely be patient with him I think this lad will turn out to be a special footballer, he’s only young and it’s hard for him. He’s come into a team and they are flying and he just hasn’t got going yet.’