Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has detailed just why he brought Kai Havertz to west London from Bayer Leverkusen. The German is in line to make his debut for Chelsea on Monday against Brighton in the Premier League.
Havertz cost Chelsea an initial £62million but the fee could rise to £71m if add-on bonuses are met.
The 21-year-old is one of the brightest young talents in world football and has drawn comparisons to the likes of Mesut Ozil and Michael Ballack.
He’s scored 38 times for Leverkusen in the past two years and should add creativity and goals to Chelsea’s side too.
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Lampard spoke about his reasoning for signing Havertz and noted that his height was an added bonus.
“I’ve loved him for a long time as a player since he came through,” he said.
“He’s a different player to what I was but, when it’s an attacking midfielder that scores goals, obviously I certainly sit up and take notice.
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“His style is very unique, he’s 6ft 2in plus which is a great help in the modern day to have tall players in forward areas like that.
“But the most important thing about him is his natural quality of receiving the ball.
“Also his talent on the ball and calmness and quality and he arrives to score goals.”
Havertz can also play in multiple positions in midfield and across a front three.
Lampard reiterated that he plans to use him whenever it suits the situation.
“Havertz brings a great versatility for us, he started as a No.8 arriving in the box, sometimes plays on the wing, can play as a false No.9,” he said.
“He’s very comfortable and happy to play in all those positions.
“Being able to bring players like him and Timo Werner into the squad brings us a lot more energy and speed into the team which is something we always want at the top level because those players make the difference.”
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