Rio Ferdinand lauds Chelsea star who reminds him of ex-Manchester United player
Chelsea secured their place in this season’s Champions League Final on Wednesday night and afterwards, Rio Ferdinand raved about Blues star Kai Havertz.
The ex-Manchester United defender was working for BT Sport as a pundit and actually compared the young, German playmaker to a former Old Trafford teammate of his.
Havertz has picked up his performance level since Thomas Tuchel arrived at Stamford Bridge. The youngster hasn’t found it easy to adapt to the Premier League but recently shoots of optimism have emerged.
The 21-year-old has scored eight goals and registered nine assists during the campaign. He has a really bright future, however, and of late he’s really stepped up.
After Wednesday’s magnificent 2-0 win over Real Madrid, Ferdinand reserved praise for the 12-cap star.
He told BT Sport: “He reminds me of Berbatov, a player I played with a Manchester United. He’s got the little lazy swagger at times where you feel like he’s got a bit of nonchalance about him, the guy is so smooth.
“The game slows to his pace, he gets things done really elegantly, his touch is always exquisite.
“I think he’ll grow into a really important player, a player that showcases his talents in a way that not many others can see.”
TBR View: Next season is the one for Havertz to really shine
Considering it’s his first season in the Premier League, the goal and assists return by Havertz hasn’t been bad. For £71 million, however, more was perhaps expected in the way of an immediate impact.
At 21 though there is plenty of time for him to fulfil his undoubted potential and Ferdinand is right to back him to become a really big player.
In fairness, Frank Lampard perhaps didn’t cover himself in glory when it came to knowing where to best utilise the youngster. Tuchel, however, will have a clear plan for the £140,000-a-week talent.
Winning a Champions League medal wouldn’t be a bad start to life at Stamford Bridge. Next season, however, could be the one where Havertz really takes off and showcases his credentials.