Kai Havertz had a first half to forget giving Manchester City a penalty that looked somewhat like the comic book hero Superman’s pose.
The Chelsea striker struggled against the Premier League champions at the Etihad in the FA Cup third round tie, and was later sent off at half-time.
Graham Potter’s side entered the break 3-0 after goals from Riyad Mahrez, Julian Alvarez and Phil Foden.
And Havertz failed to help his team up high, and was responsible for City’s second after handling the ball in the box.
The German international pushed the ball away to prevent Aymeric Laporte from arriving at the end of a corner.
Blues boss Potter appeared to say ‘f*** me’ as he watched the incident on the sidelines as Julian Alvarez slid his kick into the bottom left corner.
And talkSPORT’s Dean Ashton and Nigel Adderley were baffled by his handball.
West Ham cult hero Ashton said in a comment: “This is ridiculous coming from Kai Havertz. I mean, what is he thinking?
Ashton criticized Havertz for his first half[/caption]
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“He knows Laporte is coming and he just sticks his arm out in front of his head.”
Adderley added: “Both hands were in front of his body, all he needed was a cape and he could apply to be Superman, that’s ridiculous.”
To which Ashton remarked: “It’s desperation because he knows Laporte is ahead of him so that’s the only thing he can do.
“It’s cowardice because he’s protecting himself rather than putting his head in there for the head.”
Havertz failed to provide an attacking threat in the first 45 minutes[/caption]
Ashton had criticized Havertz before he awarded a penalty early on, where he said: “Havertz to me is so weak!
“He’s a big boy, he looks like he should have something in him but he has no aggression.”
Moments later he left his cleats on Rodri, where he was lucky to escape a yellow card.
On the incident, Ashton added: “That wasn’t too smart of Havertz. He’s lucky he doesn’t have a card.
“He’s not near the ball and just steps behind Rodri’s heel.”
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