Some in his native Germany, who have followed his career closely, believe that Kai Havertz has all the potential to eventually become one of the best players in the world.
There are also suggestions that he was effectively bought for Chelsea as a gift from Roman Abramovich.
That, aside from approving the deal that could hit a club record of £ 85 million, this was one of those Chelsea transfers with the owner extra involved, Abramovich wanted him in Blue as much as anyone else involved in the signing process. was involved. In some cases maybe more.
Some believe that Kai Havertz has the potential to become one of the best players in the world
Of course, few managers wouldn’t want to work with a player of Havertz’s reputation if given the chance.
While how much of his debut season has happened, nothing but credibility has added to the theory that getting Havertz through the door was the priority. Working out where he fit could come later.
Frank Lampard could not find the solution and put Havertz in different positions: right wing, as a slightly deeper right midfielder, attacking midfielder, in central midfield and also through the middle.
There are suggestions that he was bought for Chelsea as a gift from Roman Abramovich
Chelsea made the decision to buy Havertz before figuring out where he would fit in the team
And Havertz barely lived up to his bills or looked like a present for his manager at the time.
To mitigate this, he has had to adapt to a new league, a new country and the higher demands at Chelsea this season.
“He clearly stepped out of his comfort zone,” said head coach Thomas Tuchel.
“If you change the club from Bayer Leverkusen to Chelsea and the Premier League, you absolutely want to challenge yourself.”
Some at Chelsea also feel that the November coronavirus Havertz attack hit him even more than expected, while other fitness issues this season have also hampered his efforts to get in the best shape.
However, Lampard’s successor Tuchel now appears to have found a role on the field and a way to maximize Havertz’s talents, which seems worth continuing.
To be fair, Lampard tried Havertz in September as a false nine against Liverpool, but had to abandon the experiment and sacrifice the German at half time after Chelsea fell to ten.
It was not a plan for him to revisit.
But Tuchel, who has also used Havertz as an attacking midfielder, is starting to get the kind of joy from the 21-year-old as the wandering figure who starts in the middle of his front three to suggest it could be enduring.
Havertz was hugely influential in the position against Everton last month and was even better in this emphatic Chelsea win over Crystal Palace, scoring one and putting down the other.
Havertz’s contribution might also have given Tuchel some food for thought when it came to best structuring his attack as a whole.
With his three recognized forward options on the bench, Chelsea instead produced their best offensive display under Tuchel with the versatile Havertz, attacking midfielder Mason Mount and two-goals winger Christian Pulisic in a fluid front three.
Discussing Havertz as a player, person and why he doesn’t have to be an ’emotional leader’ for Chelsea, Tuchel said, ‘He’s just not that guy you will feel or see in anger completely.
Frank Lampard could not find the solution and put Havertz in various positions
Some say the Covid-19 attack he suffered in November hit him more than expected
‘Some guys feel like they have to fight the others to get some momentum. He’s not Diego Costa’s kind.
“I will never demand that he become this. Sometimes you can’t confuse his body language for not giving everything. He is a very calm character, but he is very aware of his quality. ‘
Because of his characteristics, he will also play the role of the forward very differently from the traditional frontman Costa.
There was also some caution on the part of Tuchel, rightly so. Havertz could have scored four or five instead of just one against Palace and Tuchel admitted he had to be more ruthless.
However, Tuchel seems to have a thing for him and it could be worth going through with it
He has also played far less effective matches as false nine, such as last week in Chelsea’s Champions League win against Porto.
Without any disrespect, Tuchel also pointed out that there are bigger tests for Havertz and his team, starting with Tuesday’s second leg against Porto.
Tuchel added: ‘This is how he can help the team and become a major player. If he can show this regularly and be involved in the games, he can show his quality on the field. ‘
Palace didn’t offer much resistance until the game was over, but Roy Hodgson hit back on criticism of his 13th-seeded team.
It’s the easy comments that are always made. Complacency, players are already happy that they did that, in their armchairs, while already thinking of the beach, ‘said the Crystal Palace manager.
Tuchel takes the kind of joy out of Havertz as the central, wandering figure in his front three
“If you will, there was no recliner or complacency in the second half.
Are you worried about the last seven games? Of course. Now we have at least five teams in a similar category in the last seven games [to Chelsea], in the top five or six teams in the country.
So that’s worrying, of course, but I can only hope that in the coming games people will see a lot more of the Crystal Palace they saw in the second half and much less of the Crystal Palace they saw in the first half . ‘