Tuchel on what Havertz needs to flourish and why Gallagher won’t be recalled in January

‘It simply needs its time. Grass does not grow faster if you pull it; it takes its time and he is still young. He’s very ambitious so of course we want the best of him tomorrow and the day after tomorrow but at the same time he’s only 22 so maybe there are some years to come for him.

‘If he stays and fights for it like he does now, to adapt to the Premier League and to adapt to his positions, then there will be goals and assists under his belt for sure.’

Another young Chelsea midfielder among the Premier League goals in recent weeks has been Conor Gallagher, the on-loan graduate from our Cobham academy who made his senior England debut earlier this week.

The 21-year-old worked closely with Tuchel during pre-season, impressing the German with his attitude and application, an impact that has continued since his loan move to Crystal Palace where he has four goals and two assists in 11 league games to date. Gallagher’s emergence as an England international may have been unexpected but Tuchel always anticipated he could make a big difference this season.

‘I’m not surprised that the national coach loves him because I loved him from day one,’ he continued. ‘There cannot be a coach who doesn’t love guys like this – humble, nice, a smile on his face and all the time ready to give everything to learn and improve.

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