Chelsea duo Timo Werner and Kai Havertz need strong personalities to be successful at Stamford Bridge, according to Kevin Kuranyi.
German stars Werner and Havertz both joined Chelsea at the start of the season, from RB Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen respectively, amid high expectations, but it was a difficult start for the duo in the Premier League.
After scoring 28 Bundesliga goals and 34 in all competitions last season, Werner has found the back of the net 11 times and provided nine assists for Chelsea this season, including six Premier League goals.
Havertz – who became Chelsea’s most expensive field player ahead of the 2020-2021 campaign – showed glimpses of his quality with six goals and six assists, although he struggled widely.
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Former German striker Kuranyi backed the duo to regain their best form in London.
“Of course they were playing at a very high level in Germany,” 52-time German international Kuranyi, who played for Stuttgart and Schalke in the Bundesliga, told Stats Perform News.
“But if you play at a club like Chelsea… I was talking with friends who play Chelsea before and there it’s very important to have a strong personality to play there.
“They are young players, like Havertz – he’s in the first stage of his career. He has taken a big step forward so he needs time to maintain his quality at Chelsea.
“I think the first year is very important to learn a lot, to try to do the best, but the second and third year will be much better.”
Chelsea of Thomas Tuchel – fourth in the Premier League – are preparing to face Real Madrid in the opening game of their Champions League semi-final on Tuesday.