Paul Merson has compared Kai Havertz to Mesut Ozil as his Chelsea struggles continue following his big money move.
The German made the move to Stamford Bridge from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer.
He arrived with a big reputation and a £72m transfer fee which is yet to be justified.
Merson has slammed the 21-year-old for looking disinterested during games and failing to work for the team – accusations often levelled at Ozil.
Havertz has made nine Premier League outings, scoring just the once and failing to influence games like many had expected.
The former Arsenal man has looked to give the German the benefit of the doubt for now, but concedes he does look “out of his depth” at the moment.
Merson told the Star : “Kai Havertz looks like Mesut Ozil at the moment. A major talent, but when he loses the ball, he doesn’t try to win it back.
“Ozil used to get major stick because he didn’t always seem interested. But Havertz looks like that sometimes now as well.
“He looks like he’s out of his depth or doesn’t really want to be here. But you have to remember this is a young player who’s come to a different country.
“I think he’s struggling at the moment and he needs to come off the bench for a few games against tiring teams, get his confidence back.”
Chelsea have lost back-to-back games which has dented their title charge.
Frank Lampard has attempted to play down the Blues’ ambitions this season but Merson has questioned his handling of Havertz.
“He’s had a difficult time here and when he was ill with Covid, Chelsea actually looked better without him,” he added.
“I don’t know why Frank Lampard threw him right back into the team because his confidence looks shot.
“If you spend the amount of money they did on him, you want more than a utility player, so I’m surprised he’s played so many positions.”