The summer of 2020 could prove a pivotal one for Chelsea football club, not only have they secured champions league football in Frank Lampard’s first season in charge but have also revamped their forward line for the new season. bringing in Hakim Ziyech from Ajax, Timo Werner from RB Leipzig, and now Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen.
the transfer of Havertz means the blues have already spent over 100 million pounds more than anyone else in the premier league so far this window and has given Lampard one of the deepest attacks in Europe to play with landing him one of the most coveted young players in world football and leading some to talk up the blues as potential challengers to Liverpool and Man City next season.
But what will the highly rated german bring to Stamford Bridge let’s find out
while Chelsea finished the 2019-20 season in the top four they did so despite losing 12 games and conceding 54 goals representing the third most losses for a top-four side in premier league history and the worst defense for a top-four side since Norwich in 1992-93.
clearly they have big issues to sort in defense and particular in goal but that doesn’t mean their attack can’t improve while Lampard’s side achieved the club’s highest league goal tally since the title win of 2016-17 they have still posted less than 70 goals in four of the last five campaigns hardly the stuff of champions,
what’s more three of their seven attackers in 19-20 were 31 or older bringing in a young top quality forward as Havertz can only be positive, but where would he fit under Lampard Chelsea have mainly lined up in a 4-3-3 but have also used a 4-2-3-1 and a 3-4-2 one on a number of occasions
This should suit Haverts
this season he’s played predominantly as a 10 in a 4-2-3-1 and sometimes as an inside right forward in a 3-4-3 at Stamford Bridge these positions have been occupied by Mason Mount the player who will most likely make way for Haverts in the first team.
this represents a day lima for Lampard Mount was one of his most trusted players at derby and has remained so at Chelsea racking up more minutes than any outfield player César Azpilicueta this season, but when you compare their numbers it’s clear Haverts represents a significant upgrade he is much better at creating chances in open play is a more confident dribbler and finds superior positions to score himself,
and it’s not like he’s been playing in a more productive side either Chelsea and Leverkusen both scored on average 1.8 goals per game in their respective leagues this season while expected goals also suggest they are operating at a similar level.
Haverts has also played in deeper positions and as a second striker in the past and this adaptability facilitated by his technical prowess and dynamism will be incredibly useful in a Chelsea attack which may become more fluid in the 2021 campaign.
Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner are also notable for their versatility with Werner playing a number of games on the left for Leipzig and Ziyech equally as dangerous in the center as he is on the right, blues fans will hope this means that mount and Tammy Abraham who was the only player to score more than 10 in the league this season will get their fair share of minutes as positions are rotated,
and with 118 appearances in the Bundesliga plus another 17 in Europe across four seasons for Leverkusen, Haverts is exceptionally experienced for someone who only recently turned 21. and it shows his expected goals in assists per 90 rose to 0.67 in 19-20 up from 0.46 in 18-19 and 0.34 the season before that.
Chelsea have got themselves a fast-improving star with genuine world-class potential and whether or not his signing is enough for the blues to put together a serious title challenge next season it’s a statement of their long-term ambition to get back to the very top of the European game so that was explained on Kai Haverts but what do you make on Chelsea’s latest signing