Kai Havertz was accused of sacking two Chelsea managers and doing little to help a third by analyst Gabby Agbonlahor.
Current Chelsea boss Graham Potter is under mounting pressure after a dismal run which has seen his side win just two of their previous 15 Premier League games, having scored just the only goal in their last six games in all competitions.
Amidst allegations that Chelsea players’ body language was becoming increasingly worrisome after their latest defeat at Tottenham on Sunday, Agbonlahor pointed much of the blame to the Germany international.
‘Look at (Kai) Havertz, he’s fired two managers, he’s not doing anything,’ he said. ‘He’s not a number nine or ten, he’s not holding the ball, or even scoring goals.’
Havertz has had a mixed time in a Chelsea shirt. Having scored just 29 goals since joining in 2020, accusations have been leveled at the player that he simply doesn’t fit in with a modern squad. He is the club’s top scorer this season with six goals, alongside Raheem Sterling.
Gabby Agbonlahor accused Kai Havertz of sacking two previous Chelsea managers
The German has endured a difficult season under Graham Potter, with Chelsea’s attack floundering
Gabby Agbonlahor says Chelsea players should stop blaming the manager
On the other hand, Havertz scored the winning goals in the 2021 Champions League final over Manchester City and in the following victory in the Club World Cup final over Palmeiras.
He has played with Frank Lampard and Thomas Tuchel for the Blues.
Agbonlahor’s criticism of Chelsea players was not reserved for Havertz, with the former Aston Villa striker also pointing the finger at the likes of Enzo Fernandez and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, urging the team to do more to help Potter.
“The big concern for me when I watch Chelsea, and especially against Spurs at the weekend, is the body language of some of the players,” he said.
‘Even Enzo Fernandez has excelled for Chelsea, but even he seemed a little fed up with his teammates and the lack of connection between them.’
‘(Raheem) Sterling is running races and nobody is finding him, players are trying to play one-two and they’re not used to playing with each other,’ he added.
‘(Ruben) Loftus-Cheek hasn’t played in a long time, so some of these players need to show the finger and make some introductions, not just blame the manager for everything.’
Agbonlahor suggested Chelsea’s owners should give the manager more time, arguing he deserves a full pre-season to work with an established group of players.
‘I think he (Graham Potter) is under pressure, but we don’t know what the owner wants. Give him until the end of the season, he has a good preseason, and he gets rid of the deadwood, the players are not good enough, so he can work with the players in the preseason.
‘So after ten games into the season, if Chelsea aren’t fighting for the title, you get rid of it. These players lack confidence and chemistry between them.’
Sportsmail reported on Monday that Potter was becoming increasingly concerned that his training sessions were being hampered by having too many players to work with.
Chelsea have been accused of having a bloated pool of players following a massive outlay in January which saw them spend over £300m on eight new first-team players.
Graham Potter finds himself under increasing pressure after dismal form for Chelsea
Agbonlahor pointed to players’ body language on Sunday and urged them to encourage their ideas
Chelsea have scored just once in their last six games in all competitions
Known for working to strict standards of play, Potter was forced into the unenviable position of trying to keep everyone involved.
“There are challenges when you have so many players,” Potter said earlier this month. ‘There are challenges in terms of what role they play because most players want to play. They want to play, be on the field and help the team. When they aren’t, it’s a challenge for many reasons at this club.
‘When you go through a transition period and the stages we’ve been through, there will be periods where it’s going to be harder than you ideally want – it’s not ideal.
‘I’m not complaining about it and I have to do my best to support and manage the club. Step by step I want to put the team in a better place than when I arrived’.