Four ways Kai Havertz will fit into Frank Lampard’s starting XI at Chelsea next season

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Having secured the signings of Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech, Chelsea are now on the hunt for Kai Havertz.

The deal is getting closer with negotiations having opened between the Blues and Bayer Leverkusen, with the player keen on a move to Stamford Bridge.

It would be another huge statement from the west London side, who secured Champions League football for next season with a win over Wolves at the weekend.

Havertz still has the Europa League to play with the German side, but he is certainly open to a step up in his career.

“Leverkusen are a great club, I feel good,” Havertz told Sport Bild. “I have always said that. But, of course, I want to take the next step in my career at some point. That’s my ambition.

“I’m ready to take a big step and I like challenges. For me, this also includes abroad. The coach is a very important person for me. It must be a good fit.”

Havertz netted 12 Bundesliga goals and added another six assists during the 2019/20 campaign, but where would he fit into Frank Lampard’s side?

Striker

Tammy Abraham has impressed in his first Premier League season as Chelsea’s number nine, while Olivier Giroud has proved his worth to the Blues in the Champions League run-in.

But for Lampard, having Havertz as well would add another dimension to the front line, with the Germany international at times having led the line for Leverkusen.

It’s not his preferred position, but he is decent in the air and also a decent finisher, which is something Lampard is looking for.

Number ten role

This is likely to be Havertz’s most useful position if he was to make the move to Stamford Bridge in the summer.

The number ten position has been a key one for Lampard when he has looked to use the 4-2-3-1 formation, with Mason Mount playing in the hole.

Next season there would be competition for that place, however, with Mount, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ziyech adept in playing there.

But Havertz has shown in recent seasons that he has the creativity to play between the lines and add another attacking element to help Abraham moving forward.

 

Right of a front threeKai Havertz has been linked with a move to the Premier League

One of the real qualities of Havertz is that he is able to use both feet well, meaning that he adds another versatility to the Blues.

If Chelsea were to land the youngster, then their options on the right would be significantly boosted for the 2020/21 season.

Ziyech is joining the club in the summer, while Callum Hudson-Odoi has also shown that he is a threat from the right flank.

With Christian Pulisic as well, Havertz would add to the depth in the position, although he would prefer to play in a more central role.

A deeper role

Havertz has certainly got more attacking intentions than defensive ones, which were shown in scoring 12 league goals last season.

However, that could be another option for Lampard if he was to play the Germany international in a deeper role.

When the Blues play a 4-3-3 formation, the Blues boss likes his two players either side of the deeper midfielder to provide extra attacking options to the front line.

The question would be if Lampard Havertz to do the defensive work as well, or whether playing him in midfield might take away from his attacking instincts.

 

 

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