Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan says it comes as no surprise to see Chelsea’s two new German recruits Timo Werner and Kai Havertz struggling on their debut Premier League season.
The two Germany internationals were Chelsea’s most expensive signings over the summer – both arriving from the Bundesliga – but have struggled to make a sustained impact so far this season.
Werner, who has four goals and five assists in the league this season, is on a run of 11 games without scoring for Chelsea in all competitions and has said he is having a difficult time adapting to life in the Premier League.
Meanwhile, Havertz has also failed to be productive since his arrival, managing just one goal and two assists in the league, with Chelsea boss Frank Lampard last month saying patience is required when it comes to the 21-year-old.
Gundogan, having made the same transition when he joined City from Borussia Dortmund in 2016, knows just what his Germany team-mates are going through and is confident they will show their worth at Chelsea.
“They have two new German players who have tried to adapt as well as possible,” Gundogan told Sky Sports News ahead of Sunday’s trip to Chelsea.
“In general, I think it’s not easy to adapt quickly to the Premier League when you come from a different country and now with the situation going on I think it’s just even harder.
“So I think it’s quite normal that they are struggling a little bit, but they both have incredible talent and I’m sure they will both be able to prove it in this league.”