Chelsea are on the verge of signing their main target this transfer window after some frustrating prolonged negotiation.
A recent breakthrough in deal and reports of ongoing medical for Kai Havertz has got fans excited at Chelsea. Bayer Leverkusen star player is finally on his way to Stamford Bridge for a reported transfer fee of £72million plus add-ons.
This will be a record transfer for Chelsea, breaking the record of last season signing Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao. It is also a marquee signing for Lampard’s side who has been very active in this transfer window.
Frank Lampard has now got one of the most exciting squad to watch for the upcoming season. Five new signings already and the addition of Havertz has certainly made his squad to mount a title challenge.
The signing of Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech in the attack has already strengthened Chelsea significantly. Christian Pulisic, Mason Mount, and Tammy Abraham have impressed in an attack last season. The addition of Havertz in attack now will give some positive team selection headache to Lampard.
Playing as Striker
Havertz has impressed everyone playing in number 9 role for Bayer Leverkusen at the end of the season. He was preferred over the regular striker Kevin Volland and it proved a successful tactic for Peter Bosz. He scored 18 goals in all competition last season for the German side. He has proved his finishing skills and showed versatility in the number 9 role.
But another big name signing Timo Werner is expected to play as the first-choice striker in Lampard’s 4-2-3-1 formation. Tammy Abraham who impressed at the first half of the last season will be his deputy. So it is less likely that we will see Lampard playing Havertz in number nine position.
Attacking Midfielder or Shadow Striker role
Kai Havertz has all the skills to match the number ten role in Lampard’s attacking formation. His main trait is his dribbling skills and first touch in attacking third so it will be the perfect position for a 21-year-old forward.
Havertz has played most of his matches in this same position so it will take no time to adjust him in this position. Ross Barkley and Mason Mount played this role at the end of last season so there will be positive competition for this place at Stamford Bridge.
Playing on the wide side of the pitch in 4-2-3-1
Havertz has already proved his versatility in attacking position and it will be that hard for him to adapt to the wing position.
Christian Pulisic has impressed on the left side of the attack with his speed and dribbling skills. He has also cemented his place in Lampard’s first eleven for every match.
The departure of regular right-wing choices Willian and Pedro has opened a door for new faces in this area. New signing Hakim Ziyech is expected to play on the right side of the attack as he did with Ajax.
So it will be less likely that Lampard will use Havertz on wide position of the pitch.