Chelsea’s Kai Havertz has admitted it may take him sometime to find his footing in England (Premier League) due to the obvious difference between football in the Premier League and Bundesliga.
The 21-year-old made a switch from Bundesliga side, Bayer Leverkusen in the summer and has played five games for his new club, notably starring as they romped to a 6-0 Carabao Cup victory over Barnsley, in which he netted a hat-trick.
He has yet to reach that level of excellence in the Premier League, despite playing Chelsea’s four matches in their entirety, notching a single assist in the stunning 3-3 comeback draw against WBA in September.
He believes, however, that his game will come together in time.
“It was difficult for me, especially because the Premier League is a completely different league,” he explained to Chelsea’s official website. “It’s more intense and I noticed that in the first few games.
“It has gone pretty well for me recently but I think there is also still a lot of potential upwards. I want to exploit that in the next few weeks and months.
“The hat-trick against Barnsley was a good one for me. The start was a little difficult because I only trained with the team for five or six days, then played the first game right away. It was also a very big step for me to leave my family and familiar surroundings. Of course, it takes time to get it right.”
The Germany international explained what the major differences are between life in the two divisions.
“The intensity in the duels and the runs is much higher,” he said. “It’s a completely different league and the games are very exhausting.
“The Bundesliga isn’t worse but I noticed differences. It seems to me like there aren’t any average or bad players here – everybody is at a very high level.”