Kai Havertz 'hasn't shown an awful lot' since his club-record £72million move to Chelsea.
That's the verdict of Liverpool legend Steve Nicol, who says the summer signing from Bayer Leverkusen has been too mercurial in his performances so far.
Chelsea signed Havertz as part of a near £250m spending spree, with the likes of Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell and Hakim Ziyech also joining Frank Lampard's side.
Havertz won a penalty in the 4-0 Premier League win over Crystal Palace on Saturday, having contributed an assist as Chelsea were forced to come back from 3-0 down to draw against West Brom the previous weekend.
But in league games the attacking midfielder has yet to show the blistering form that saw him fire a hat-trick in last month's 6-0 thrashing of Barnsley in the Carabao Cup.
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And Nicol says he has been much more convinced by Werner's performances so far this season than by Havertz.
"I have absolutely no problem with Werner, he’s top class," the four-time title winner told ESPN FC. "Havertz so far hasn’t shown us an awful lot.
"He got a penalty kick today but other than that, he shows little glimpses now and again of a nice pass or a little bit of skill but he hasn’t put a solid game together yet since he moved to Chelsea."
Nicol says the 21-year-old will need time to settle in – especially with manager Lampard rotating the wealth of attacking talent at his disposal.
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"It’s still early and he needs to get a partnership with other front players and with that ever-revolving door of change [of players] that’s not going to help him," said Nicol.
He added: "Werner, not a problem. Havertz, I’m yet to see it."
Chilwell opened the scoring against Palace on Saturday on his first start for Chelsea, before Kurt Zouma doubled the lead with Jorginho firing in two penalties.
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