Chelsea look ready to enter the transfer market once more this summer. The side have cast their eye again to Germany, and in Kai Havertz, Chelsea believe they have found their man.
The Blues have recently completed on a deal for striker Timo Werner, after activating his £47.5 million release clause, but Frank Lampard wants to add another star to his team.
Following their transfer ban last year, and the sale of winger Eden Hazard to Real Madrid for €100 million (which may rise to €146.1 million) the club look like they have money to burn. And, coming at a time where many clubs are struggling to raise funds, this could come as a huge advantage when looking to assemble a world-class squad for cut price fees.
Kai Havertz has shown his talent in the Bundesliga the past few seasons with Bayer Leverkusen, and this season has been no different.
We included the youngster in our breakout team of the season in 2018/2019. At the time we wrote:
“A strong and consistent passer of the ball, recently averaging over 90% pass accuracy, Havertz can create as well as finish. Often dropping deep, Havertz can get the ball from the defensive players, turn on it and play a forward-looking pass to keep the flow of the game.”
This season the German playmaker has scored 12 goals and provided 6 assists from 29 appearances. This averages out to a goal contribution every 136 minutes – compare this to competitor Mason Mount who is averaging one every 268.5 minutes and this statistic is even more outstanding.
At the age of just 21, Kai Havertz has already played 135 career games for Leverkusen, and in this time he has scored 42 goals and provided 27 assists.
This season he has had:
- 2 shots/game (more than Jack Grealish, Dele Alli and David Silva)
- 2 Key passes/game (more than David Silva, Riyad Mahrez, and Mason Mount)
- 1.9 dribbles/game (same as Marcus Rashford, more than Sadio Mané, and Lucas Moura)
- 45.1 passes/game
Chelsea target Kai Havertz can do it all when it comes to scoring goals. Of his 12 goals this season, 3 have come from his right foot, 6 from his left, and 3 have been off his head.
Kai Havertz – Play Style
Havertz plays most effectively as a Number 10, but he is just as comfortable playing on the wing, or further up as a striker or a False 9.
Like all great players, if you put him on the pitch and give him licence to roam, the youngster will find space.
Many are starting to believe that the traditional number 10 role is dying out. In the new game (influenced greatly by Pep Guardiola) every player has a role to play on the pitch, and the luxury of a flair player is one that few can afford.
Havertz is part of the new breed. Tall and powerful at 6 foot 2, the German is difficult to shake off the ball. He can drive with the ball, make the killer pass, and also finish.
Kai Havertz at Chelsea
Frank Lampard has shown that he can compete with the best in the Premier League. Coming into a team of young, raw players and not able to make any signings, he has proven his worth.
Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount have performed fantastically, and will no doubt be stars of the future. But Lampard and Chelsea spot an opportunity to join up with the big boys in Liverpool and Man City. Teams around are struggling, despite having good runs, and no one else can find the consistency of the top 2.
In Ziyech, Werner, and now maybe Havertz, Chelsea have 3 special talents.
Bayer Leverkusen are asking for a cool £90 million for their midfielder, a huge sum of money even by today’s standards.
But Havertz is young, talented, and already experienced. Just the type of signing a future-thinking team with a future-thinking manager would relish.
Frank Lampard recently declined to comment on the rumours, saying “So I don’t want to give you any ifs buts or maybes for the summer, my focus has to be on the here and now.”
Chelsea fans, would you count this summer as a success if you signed Havertz?