‘He doesn’t do it often enough’ – Chelsea could look to replace Kai Havertz, says Glen Johnson

    Kai Havertz
    Havertz has started five of Chelsea’s six league games this season (Picture: Getty)

    Glen Johnson believes Chelsea will look to replace Kai Havertz in the starting XI, insisting the German is not showing enough consistency.

    Havertz started five of Chelsea’s first six Premier League games of the season, scoring just once as the Blues endured a troubled start to the season that resulted in Thomas Tuchel losing his job.

    The 23-year-old famously scored Chelsea’s winner in the Champions League final against Manchester City in 2021 and was often preferred up front last season when Romelu Lukaku struggled to force his way into the team.

    But with Raheem Sterling getting his Chelsea career off to a bright start and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang offering a more orthodox option up front, Johnson has suggested Havertz could lose his place in the side under Graham Potter.

    ‘Chelsea could look to replace Havertz, yes,’ former Chelsea full-back Johnson told Genting Casino. ‘Teams are always looking to strengthen their squad.

    ‘Things change fast in football and he’s come up with some big goals in big games but for me he doesn’t do it often enough.

    ‘When he’s on it, he looks great. But in terms of the way he players, he looks slow and it looks lazy. People get frustrated but he’s not lazy, that’s just the way he plays.

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
    Johnson confident Aubameyang will score goals at Chelsea (Picture: Getty)

    ‘Players at the top level, if they don’t perform there is always the risk of being replaced.’

    Aubameyang meanwhile has played twice for the Blues since arriving from Barcelona, starting up front in Potter’s first game in charge against RB Salzburg.

    With Armando Broja the only other recognised centre forward in the squad, Johnson has backed the 33-year-old to score back in the Premier League.

    ‘Aubameyang signing is great business from Chelsea, if he settles he will score loads of goals,’ Johnson said.

    ‘I think Aubameyang is a good signing. If you get him happy, he’s going to score. Younger strikers are going to cost a hell of a lot and that’s why I think it’s quite a clever signing.

    ‘He knows the league and loves living in London, if he can get him settled, he’ll get Chelsea a handful of goals this season.’

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