Ashley Cole has defended Chelsea summer signings Timo Werner and Kai Havertz (Picture: Sky Sports)Ashley Cole has defended ‘underrated’ Timo Werner and backed fellow Chelsea summer signing Kai Havertz to show his ‘qualities’ next season.
Werner has scored 11 goals in 47 appearances this season, failing to hit the heights he reached at RB Leipzig since joining Chelsea for around £48million.
Havertz has endured an even more frustrating campaign at Stamford Bridge, although he scored twice during Chelsea’s 2-0 victory over Fulham on Saturday.
Three-time Premier League winner Cole was asked about Werner and Havertz before the Premier League clash and defended the duo, insisting Werner is ‘underrated’ and Havertz will improve.
‘I really think he [Werner] is underrated,’ Cole told Sky Sports. ‘Yes, he’s missed some big chances and some big opportunities but as a coach and a manager you look at whether players are getting into the right spots.
‘The way Thomas Tuchel wants to play and sets the team up, he’s pivotal in that with the way he runs into space and creates space for players like [Mason] Mount.’
On Havertz, Cole added: ‘We saw glimpses of his quality against Crystal Palace [in a 4-1 win last month]. He gets into areas where he can face players up and go at them.
Havertz has shown glimpses of his potential this season (Picture: Getty)‘He’s another one who came with a big expectation. People and fans are a bit unfair with price tags but hopefully we’ll see the real benefits of his qualities next season.’
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