Former Everton forward Tim Cahill has slammed Chelsea new midfield signing Hakim Ziyech and Kai Havertz for breaking the ‘non-negotiables’ of English football.
The summer signings from Ajax and Bayer Leverkusen have endured tough starts to life in the Premier League, with Ziyech in particular struggling to get up to speed due to the knee injury he picked up in pre-season against Brighton.
Havertz has demonstrated flashes of the talent which persuaded Chelsea to break the bank to sign him founding back of the net three times in an EFL Cup thrashing of Barnsley, while he also opened his Premier League scoring record in last weekend’s 3-3 draw against Southampton.
Cahill has been unimpressed with both Hakim Ziyech and Kai Havertz what he has seen thus far.
Asked about Chelsea’s suspect defensive record, Cahill told Football Focus: ‘These are individual errors, it’s not the tactics. It’s a mentality, it’s individuals not focusing for 95 minutes.
‘On top of that you see the goals they concede. You see Havertz, he’s trying to do a trick, trying to nutmeg someone and he loses it. Ings is on the front foot, they’re ready, waiting and pounces.
‘They’re all little errors and mistakes from individuals. He brings on Ziyech and again dribbling, when to dribble, what areas to dribble, understanding where to do it.
‘There’s non-negotiables and they are don’t try and nutmeg someone on the edge of your own area, the other non-negotiable is stop dribbling and taking on 10 player”