Finally, Kai Havertz is set to complete a move from Bayer Leverkusen to Chelsea in the coming days.
The German youngster, who just had a phenomenal season where he scored 19 goals and provided eight assists, has been on The Blues’ wishlist for some time now. From TalkSport’s latest reports, a move to Chelsea is drawing increasingly nearer for Kai Havertz.
Despite the purchases of Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech, Chelsea are still looking to bolster their attacking department going into next season.
Havertz would be joining Chelsea for a club-record £72 million which eclipses the £71.6 million the West London side splashed on Kepa Arizzabalaga in the summer of 2018. Due to the inclusion of add-ons, the deal could well rise to £89 million.
One of Havertz’s greatest assets which made him a man in-demand across Europe is his versatility and tactical adaptability. Over the course of the last campaign, he was deployed as an attacking midfielder, a right-winger as well as a centre-forward.
While it is unsure which way Frank Lampard will choose to utilize his record-signing, here are three possible ways that could happen:
Behind the striker in a 4-2-3-1 system
As opposed to the traditional number 10 role usually expected from players deployed in this manner, Havertz will not necessarily be tasked with being the creative hub thanks to the presence of Hakim Ziyech. However, he has shown that he can excel in that area as he created 18 big chances and supplied 2.2 key passes per 90 minutes last season.
Similarly to Lampard during his playing days, Havertz will be given the freedom to make those late runs into the box and get on the end of things.
Central midfielder in a 4-3-3 formation
This looks like the most probable outcome given that 4-3-3 is Lampard’s favourite system. With Kante as a lone DM and Kovacic serving as a linker between attack and defence, Havertz should have the freedom needed to make an impact in the attacking third.
Supporting striker in a 4-2-4
This may not be a feasible option for starting games but it could well come into play in emergency situations. Kai Havertz had some of his best games last season while playing as a striker in Kevin Volland’s absence. Also, the man he could be playing alongside with is well-suited playing with a partner up top. Havertz’s aerial ability would be exploited better here.
One thing for sure is based on the evidence of what we have seen so far, Kai Havertz could be a very important player for Chelsea in the nearest future irrespective of whatever position he plays at.