Harry Redknapp says he is ‘still waiting to see the best’ from Timo Werner and Kai Havertz and believes both players have yet to justify their ‘big reputations’ at the club.
Chelsea signed Werner from RB Leipzig in the summer window in a deal worth around £50m. He has gone eight matches without a goal, however, and conceded this week he was ‘struggling’ to adapt to the Premier League.
Havertz, meanwhile, signed for Chelsea in a £71m deal from Leverkusen but has scored just one league goal so far.
Redknapp told The Sun: ‘For Frank Lampard at Chelsea, it is almost as if he has too many pieces in his puzzle at the moment.
‘You wonder if he yet knows his best team. If anyone does. Where do they all fit in? ‘I say this with regard to his two Germans in particular. I’m still waiting to see the best of Timo Werner and Kai Havertz.
‘They cost a lot and even though they’re only young lads, they came here in the summer with big reputations. Yet to be fulfilled, if you ask me.
‘Frank at Chelsea has a puzzle to solve with his squad. He needs to work out where is the best position for Werner and how to get Havertz firing.
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‘Should Werner come in from the wing and play through the middle with Mason Mount putting little balls through for him? It’s an option.’
On Havertz, former Premier League manager Redknapp added: ‘He doesn’t seem to have got to grips with the physicality of English football yet.
‘Having coronavirus is obviously a big setback and one we wish him well from. But even before that, he looked like a player not quite sure of himself.
‘And at this moment in time English football is a stroll. If he finds it tough now, wait until crowds come back into stadiums and pump up the passion and the tackles to go with it. ‘I really hope they do fit in but it’s up to Frank to sort it.’