Jonathan Tah has urged Bayer Leverkusen fans to stop whistling Kai Havertz.
|Kai Havertz and Leon Bailey.||Photo: Bayer 04 Leverkusen|
Jonathan Tah has defended Kai Havertz after the youngster was whistled and booed when he was taken off during the second half of Wednesday's 0-1 loss to Hertha BSC.
Havertz has struggled to find his form this season, and Tah insists the fans aren't helping the 20-year-old to get back on track by jeering him.
"I think it sucks," Tah told Kicker when asked about the whistling.
"It won't help anything, and it won't make him more motivated. The boy is 20 years old. That's not a nice situation for him. We have to build him up in the dressing room," he added.
Havertz has been linked with a summer exit, but Sven Bender doesn't feel the midfielder has already moved on mentally.
"It's normal for him to think about his future. You can't blame him for that. And you don't get the feeling that his head is already somewhere else. He's in a difficult spell at the moment.
"It's not easy for the boy. You shouldn't forget what an outstanding player he is and what he has achieved for the club," Bender told Kicker.
Havertz has made 20 appearances for Leverkusen this season, racking up three goals and one assist.