Kai Havertz signing; a big statement by Chelsea says Craig Burley

Idowu Oluwashola
By Idowu Oluwashola
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Chelsea reportedly showing an interest in Bayern Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz, who is seen to be their next target after leading the race for Timo Werner’s signature.

The Blues haven’t signed anyone during the last two transfer period due to the transfer ban, with them only promoting their academy players such as Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham, Fikayo Tomori, Reece James, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Billy Gilmour among others and turning Mateo Kovacic’s loan into a permanent deal.


With an interest in Kai Havertz now thought to be considered by Chelsea, it shows the Blues are undoubtedly after a technically-gifted, two-footed midfielder who is comfortable with the ball on either foot, great in passing, through balls, finishing, dribbling, holding on to the ball and adept with his head.

He likes to layoff, likes cut inside on to his strong foot, while playing from the wings and he’s also a threat on counter attack. Though his defensive contributions and tackling are susceptible due to his lanky stature but his high technical skills, plays to his advantage.

Someone, who at the age of twenty and following numerous impressive performances in the Bundesliga, was compared to players such as Mesut Ozil, Michael Ballack, Toni Kroos and Arturo Vidal, and German media began describing him as a combination of the lot and an Alleskönner – a player who can do everything.


Germany legend Lothar Matthäus once again spoke highly of the Aachen-born super talent, as he’s convinced that the youngster as what it takes to follow in his footsteps by being officially recognised as the best player in the world.

“He has set the bar very high – for me he was the player of the season,” Matthäus told kicker magazine, after Havertz became the first teenager in Bundesliga history to reach 17 goals in a single campaign in 2018/19.

“If Havertz can maintain this high standard, with his natural talent, cleverness, presence on the pitch, and goal threat, then he could someday follow me as world footballer of the year.”

According to Craig Burley, he believes that if Kai Havertz joins Chelsea this summer it would be a real “statement of intent”.

“You can’t have enough good players,” The ex-Chelsea midfielder told ESPN. “It would be a statement of intent to go out and get one of Europe’s most exciting young talents.


“It does fit with the narrative that Chelsea and Lampard are going down. They are looking to sign younger players with sell-on value but who can also produce the goods now.

“If they get [Timo] Werner, he can play wide or through the middle. Havertz is flexible as well. They may be a little top-heavy, in terms of their forward line.

“But it would be a statement from [Roman] Abramovich to say, ‘we’ve given you Werner and we also want Havertz, one of the brightest talents in European football’.

Base on current form, the signing of the Havertz will definitely take Chelsea’s attacking prowess into another gear, which would reflect in their number of chances creation and an increase in the amount of goals scored.

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