Tuchel: It is the backbone of any club

That process has proven difficult for Kai Havertz so far. The German playmaker is currently missing as his first season with the Blues has been interrupted by injury and Covid-19, delaying his progress, but Tuchel is certain we will see the best of Havertz here, even if he feels you can’t put a timescale on how long it will take a player to adapt to new surroundings.

‘It takes time, there is no short answer, but what we can rely on is that all this potential is in him. It’s logical that it’s also in him to show it on the pitch. For every change of club, for every player, it is different. Sometimes it needs a little bit more time to adapt, sometimes it is quick. Sometimes it’s between one match and another, sometimes it’s a process.

‘All we can do is push him, support him and give him what he needs – we figure out what he needs right now. He had a pretty good start with us, he had good matches and I have the feeling that I see a guy who’s totally clear, totally self-aware, very humble and incredibly talented. So there are no doubts that he will show this, the sooner the better.

‘Now, unfortunately, he missed some training sessions, he missed some games for us. Hopefully he can come back to us in the next few days because I’m absolutely convinced he will have a big impact on this club.’

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