Some in his native Germany, who have followed his career closely, believe that Kai Havertz has the potential to become one of the best players in the world at some point.
There were also suggestions that it was effectively bought as a gift from Roman Abramovich for Chelsea.
Aside from approving the deal, which could hit a club record of £ 85m, this was one of the Chelsea transfers the owner was particularly involved in. Abramovich wanted it in blue, just like everyone else involved in the signing process. In some cases, maybe more.
Some believe Kai Havertz has the potential to become one of the best players in the world
Of course, few managers would not want to work with a player with Havertz’s reputation on this occasion.
How much of his debut season has progressed only added credibility to the theory that getting Havertz through the door was a priority. Figuring out where it fit in could come later.
Frank Lampard could not find the solution and used Havertz in numerous positions – in the right wing as a slightly lower right midfielder, as an attacking midfielder, in the central midfield and also in the middle.
There were also suggestions that it might be bought as a gift from Roman Abramovich
Chelsea made the decision for Havertz before figuring out where he would fit on the team
And Havertz hardly lived up to his bill or looked like a gift for his manager at the time.
To mitigate this, he had to adapt to a new league, a new country and the higher demands at Chelsea this season.
“He has clearly stepped out of his comfort zone,” said head coach Thomas Tuchel.
“When you move from Bayer Leverkusen to Chelsea and the Premier League, you definitely want to challenge yourself.”
CRYSTAL PALACE (4-4-2): Guaita 7.5; Station 6, Kouyate 6, Cahill 6.5, Van Aanholt 6; Ayew 5.5, Milivojevic 5, Riedewald 5 (McCarthy 59 min, 6), Eze 5.5 (Schlupp 59, 6); Zaha 5.5, Benteke 6.5
Subs not used: Butland, Then, Townsend, Mateta, Mitchell, Kelly, Rak-Sakyi. Goalscorer: Benteke 63. Booked: Kouyate. Manager: Roy Hodgson 5
CHELSEA (3-4-3): Mendy 7; Azpilicueta 8, Zouma 8, Rüdiger 8; Hudson-Odoi 8 (James 76), Jorginho 8 (edge 61,6), Kovacic 8.5 (Ziyech 83), Chilwell 8; Mount 9, Pulisic 9, HAVERTZ 9
Subs not used: Arrizabalaga, Alonso, Abraham, Werner, Giroud, Emerson. Goal scorers: Havertz 8, Pulisic 10, 78, Zouma 30. Manager: Thomas Tuchel 9.
referee: Michael Oliver 8
Some at Chelsea also feel that the November coronavirus Havertz attack hit him even harder than expected, while other fitness issues this season have also hampered his attempts to get into the best of shape.
Lampard’s successor, Tuchel, now appears to have found a role on the field and figured out a way to maximize Havertz’s talents that are worth keeping.
In fairness, Lampard Havertz tried a false nine against Liverpool in September but had to abandon the experiment and sacrifice the Germans at halftime after Chelsea fell to ten.
It wasn’t a plan he was revising.
But Tuchel, who has also used Havertz as an attacking midfielder, is starting to bring joy to the 21-year-old when the roaming figure starts in the middle of his top three to suggest that this could be sustainable.
Havertz, who made a huge impact on the position against Everton last month, was even better with this emphatic Chelsea win at Crystal Palace.
Havertz’s contribution might also have given Tuchel thought when it comes to how best to structure his attack as a whole.
With his three recognized striker options on the bench, Chelsea instead showed his best offensive performance under Tuchel with the versatile Havertz. He attacked midfielder Mason Mount and two-goal winger Christian Pulisic in a fluid front three.
Regarding Havertz as a player, person and why he doesn’t have to be an “emotional leader” for Chelsea, Tuchel said: “He’s just not the type you feel or see with anger.”
Frank Lampard could not find the solution and deployed Havertz in numerous positions
Some say the fight against Covid-19 he suffered in November affected him more than expected
“Some people feel like they have to fight with the others to get some momentum. He’s not Diego Costa’s type.
“I will never ask that he be. Sometimes you can’t mistake his body language for not giving everything. He is a very calm character, but he is very well aware of his quality. ‘
Due to his characteristics, he will also play the role of the striker very differently than the traditional front man Costa.
Tuchel also rightly showed some caution. Havertz could have scored four or five rather than just one against Palace, and Tuchel admitted he had to be more ruthless.
He’s also had far less effective games than false nine, like in Chelsea’s Champions League win over Porto last week.
Tuchel also pointed out that there are bigger tests ahead for Havertz and his team, starting with Tuesday’s second leg against Porto.
Tuchel added: “That way he can help the team and become an important player. If he can show this regularly and is involved in the games, he can prove his quality on the pitch. ‘
Palace didn’t offer much resistance until the game was over, but Roy Hodgson hit back on criticism of his 13th place finish.
‘They are the simple comments that are always made. Complacency, players who are already glad they did so in their armchairs and thought of the beach, ”said the Crystal Palace manager.
Tuchel appears to have something to do with him, however, and it might be worth holding onto
Tuchel makes Havertz the central, roaming figure in his first three of the joy
“In the second half there was no question of armchairs or complacency, if you will.
‘Any worries about the last seven games? Naturally. Now we have at least five teams in the last seven games that are in a similar category [to Chelsea] in the top 5 or 6 teams in the country.
“This is worrying, of course, but I can only hope that in the upcoming games people will see a lot more of the Crystal Palace they saw in the second half and a lot less of the Crystal Palace they saw in the first half to have. Half.’