Frank Lampard is adamant that Kai Havertz will become a ‘top player’ for Chelsea after the midfielder struggled in the defeat to Wolves on Tuesday evening.
Olivier Giroud had put Chelsea in front at Molineaux but Daniel Podence netted an equaliser before Pedro Neto scored in injury time to secure a 2-1 victory for Wolves.
Havertz, meanwhile, struggled to make an impact and the Germany international was replaced with 20 minutes remaining.
The 21-year-old, who joined Chelsea for £71 million, has been unable to hit consistent form since leaving Bayer Leverkusen.
But Lampard has backed the midfielder to improve flowing Chelsea’s defeat to Wolves.
‘Kai can play better, we know that, and he’ll know that himself tonight,’ Lampard told BBC Radio 5 Live.
‘He’s going to be a top player for the club, I keep saying the same thing.
‘Tonight wasn’t the best for him, neither the best for some others.’
Asked if the result is a wake-up call for some of his Chelsea players, Lampard replied: ‘Maybe, it’s not for me.
‘When everyone gets excited after Leeds I was the last one to get excited because I understand what the season is and I understand where we’re at.
‘We have some younger players, we have some new players to the league, they do need to understand that these games come and if we want to get to where we want to get to we have to see them through, and we didn’t do it.’
Lampard also accused his players of ‘switching off’ against Wolves.
‘I’m disappointed,’ said the Chelsea boss.
‘We should see the game out from there. I think we had pretty decent control of the game without playing brilliantly until that point we get our goal.
‘For me, then it’s time to ramp it up, keep the ball, control the game, not allow counter attacks which the players knew were their biggest threat, and we started to, so you end up losing the points.
‘We had a couple of moments on the pitch where the players were switching off and that can’t happen.
‘You can get your message across on the pitch and you can do you message before the game, letting them know that these are one of the biggest counter-attacking teams in the Premier League and have pace and a threat against you and players have to deal with that.’
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