WHO: Kai Havertz
FROM WHERE: Bayer Leverkusen
TO WHERE: Chelsea
FOR HOW MUCH: £71m ($94m)
GRADE FOR CHELSEA: A
GRADE FOR BAYER LEVERKUSEN: B
While other Premier League sides scramble with big-money deals due to the financial impact of Covid-19, Chelsea continues spending like there’s no tomorrow. As their summer spending spree reaches more than $200m, the biggest deal comes in the form of blooming German midfielder Kai Havertz.
The former Bayer Leverkusen attacking-midfielder is considered among the best in his generation & Frank Lampard has snapped him up to complete a terrifying attacking line. Havertz is called by some as the second-coming of Mesut Ozil, but his accomplishments at such a young age indicate that he could be even better & help Chelsea dominate the EPL through this decade.
WHO IS HE?
A German international, Havertz has been with Leverkusen since he was a little child & has grown into a man with the Bundesliga side.
He’s scored 29 goals & provided 10 assists for Leverkusen in the last two league campaigns and shone through as Germany’s most prolific midfielder. The 21-year-old has made over 100 appearances for his club & 7 for his country, already wowing fans with his brilliant attacking ability.
IS THE PRICE FAIR?
The last time Chelsea spent this kind of a massive transfer fee was on Kepa Arrizabalaga. But they’ve managed to sign Havertz for lower than what they spend for Kepa, which is a bonus! This investment is even more secure knowing how Havertz can evolve into one of the best in the world very soon.
The German possesses the versatility & clinical instincts to cause havoc wherever he plays and once he gets adapted to the Premier League’s intensity, he could have a similar effect as Mo Salah did for Liverpool & prove well worth the money.
WHAT IMPACT SHOULD WE EXPECT?
Of course with nearly $100m being paid for him, there will be gigantic expectations from Havertz. This kind of money is paid for players capable of winning leagues for teams like Chelsea. The German midfielder has never gotten remotely close to winning a big competition with Leverkusen, but perhaps Chelsea can help free his wings.
Havertz is joining an ambitious club with a manager desperate to win silverware after a glorious playing career. Perhaps in one ways than more, the youngster is a similar kind of attacking midfielder as Frank Lampard himself was back in the day. He’s definitely more modern, in the sense has can effortlessly glide past opponents & even slot in as a cunning false no 9, something the Chelsea boss couldn’t really do.
The 21-year-old can play in a number of roles, including as a right-winger but he thrives in the No.10 role where he can create stuff and also sneak into goal-scoring areas. Indeed, his clever off-the-ball movement is brilliant & should help run rings around defenders. Havertz has that intuitive knowledge of finding spaces not many others can, while he’s also very quick despite having a broad build.
He’s surprisingly dynamic & flexible excelling in a free-flowing attacking system and should be delightful to watch under Lampard’s system. The gaffer allowed Mason Mount & Ross Barkley a lot of freedom to play their natural game in the playmaking role last season, but Havertz is a class above. He’s extremely efficient in whatever he does & is much more proactive creating wondrous goalscoring chances going forward.
Apart from the fact that he scored 18 goals & assisted 8 in all competitions for Leverkusen –carrying them all season long – but Havertz is very effective even when not directly involved in goals. He averaged 2 shots, 2 key passes & 1.9 dribbles completed per game (stats via WhoScored) being among the best attacking-midfielders in the Bundesliga.
What sets him apart from the average modern-day attacking midfielder is also Havertz’s aerial ability, with his 1.4 aerial duels won per game in Bundesliga last season proving his superior heading. For a league like Premier League, being able to connect headers properly is an elusive trait to have.
But the German himself prefers a smoother, grounded form of attacking style which involves a lot of link-up play with teammates. Fortunately for Havertz, he’s joining a side with a destructive trio waiting to link-up with. He already shares a close bond with national teammate Timo Werner and will aim to create havoc alongside him, while the creative Hakim Ziyech & silky Christian Pulisic should help him settle in instantly.
Once Havertz creates an intuitive understanding with those around him, he should take the league by storm. He possesses that x-factor about him which help him adapt into different scenarios perfectly & his slick style makes it difficult for defenders to keep him at bay. The German international is no Leo Messi, but boasts similar flair, grace & ruthlessness that will take Chelsea’s attacking might to newer heights and help them compete with Man City & Liverpool next season.
Despite the huge investment, this deal is still a blockbuster one for Chelsea. Havertz is one of the best in the #10 position in the world & could easily become ‘the best’ in a few years. With his ability to score/assist in consistent basis & chemistry with Werner, the 21-year-old should help bring back the fear-factor around the club’s frontline and help the Blues compete for the PL trophy soon.
Bayer Leverkusen (B)
This isn’t a bad deal for Leverkusen at all considering the amount they’re getting. With all that money, they could cover up losses incurred during the pandemic, sign a replacement as well as a number of other quality players & improve their squad depth to help compete higher up in Bundesliga next season.