Kai Havertz feels he has freed himself after struggling to live up to the expectations in the first half of the season.
|Kai Havertz.||Photo: Steffen Prößdorf, CC BY-SA 4.0|
Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz says he feels back at his top level after a difficult first half of the season.
"I feel like I've freed myself a bit. I'm back," Havertz told Sky after Leverkusen's 4-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday, which saw him score and make an assist, and added:
"Time has made me stronger a brought me to a higher level.
"I was lacking consistency in the first half of the season. There was a lot of pressure on my shoulders.
"When you're a young player, you go through such phases. After a few relatively bad games, your own fans make a fool of you. That's not easy," said Havertz, who was booed by his own fans on a few occasions.
Havertz has made 33 appearances for Leverkusen this season, racking up nine goals and eight assists.