Kai Havertz actually tops the PL stats in two areas this season, but it highlights a big problem - TCC View

OptaJoe have revealed that Chelsea’s Kai Havertz has completed the most off-ball runs this season, while also topping the list for most of those to be completed into the penalty area.

The data may surprise a few supporters, with many being underwhelmed at the performances of the German so far this season.

He is currently yet to score, despite starting every fixture so far in the striker position.

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Despite a lot of fingers being pointed his way, the statistics show that he’s certainly pulling his weight.

Instead, questions become asked of why the Blues are not able to create better chances for their frontman, with them struggling to create chances for Raheem Sterling too.

It begs the question of if the club need to sign a player who can begin to create chances before the window closes next week.

Havertz topping running stats

Currently, they are strongest linked to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Anthony Gordon and Wesley Fofana, with none of these on paper really doing the required job.

Aubameyang will undoubtedly score goals if the does join the Blues, however again there will be the issue of they can create enough chances for him to do what he does best.

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Mason Mount will be someone Thomas Tuchel is hoping can pick up the slack in terms of creativity, with him being the top assister for the club last season.

Playing Reece James as a wing-back as well would vastly improve their chance creation, with his crossing ability on show particularly in the game against Tottenham.

He proved he can even become a scoring option when out wide, seen by his strike against Spurs. Either way, the Blues could be about to struggle if they aren’t able to sign a creative player before the window closes.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.