Joachim Löw says Kai Havertz might not make his breakthrough for Germany overnight.
|Kai Havertz.||Photo: Fuguito/CC-by-SA 3.0|
Germany coach Joachim Löw has asked for patience with Kai Havertz after Monday's 2-0 win over Northern Ireland that saw the youngster come on as a second-half substitute.
Some have called for Löw to give Havertz more minutes on the pitch, but he insists the 20-year-old needs time to develop into a more important figure for Germany.
"Your trust in a player doesn't always have something to do with the line-up," Löw told reporters after Monday's game and added:
"Kai Havertz has incredible quality, but it also took Serge Gnabry and others a while to get in the team.
"He will make his way, and we will help him. Something like that doesn't always just happen overnight. But I'm confident he has a very, very good career ahead of him."
Havertz has made five appearances for Germany so far.