Newest Chelsea signing Kai Havertz is yet to get himself involved in his side’s goalscoring action and he has raised some questions among pundits.
The German international joined the Blues earlier this month as Chelsea finally secured his signature after agreeing a fee of £71m for his services (via BBC Sport).
Will Kai Havertz score more than ten goals for Chelsea?
Fellow Premier League sides Manchester United and Liverpool were also interested in Havertz and this heavy interest came after his impressive 2019/20 season. The midfielder contributed 12 goals and six assists in the Bundesliga last term, tallying 18 goals and nine assists across all competitions (via Transfermarkt).
However, despite his impressive return in 2019/20, it seems that he is still adapting to the new world of the Premier League. Jamie Carragher recently discussed his playing position and whether he has been deployed incorrectly under Frank Lampard.
“Tactically in big games, he beat Jose Mourinho twice, he beat Pep Guardiola, I thought there were really good signs tactically from Frank and how he changed things,” the Anfield icon told Sky Sports (via Football.London). “He went to 4-2-3-1 at Brighton – Havertz was on the right – today, he went with him as a false nine.
“He’s obviously a quality player, but I do look and I’m already thinking – even though we’re just two games in – where does Havertz play?”
Havertz occasionally operated on the right wing and further up the field for Leverkusen, but primarily played an attacking midfield role.
In Chelsea’s two league fixtures so far, the German has been brought off after half-time. His performance against Liverpool was especially quiet, as he failed to register any shots on goal and made just 12 passes overall (via Sofascore).
“He will play. But where does he fit into a 4-3-3? He almost looks like a number 10 and we don’t see them in football as much now,” Carragher continued.
Christian Pulisic and fellow new recruit Hakim Ziyech are both currently sidelined due to injury. Upon their return, Lampard may shift his attacking formation around or potentially even bench Havertz in favour of another player unless the German can improve upon his tepid start at Stamford Bridge.
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