Ian Wright was complimentary of Kai Havertz’s form for Chelsea but wasn’t sure if he should start against Real Madrid, speaking on the Kelly and Wright show.

Havertz is finally entering into something of a purple patch in his short Blues career.

He has prominently featured in the last three games. A goalscoring display against Crystal Palace sandwiched between two Champions League ties with Porto.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 10: Kai Havertz of Chelsea celebrates with Mason Mount after scoring their team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Chelsea at Selhurst Park on April 10, 2021 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

The 21-year-old is currently relishing in a centre-forward role awarded to be him by Thomas Tuchel.

Chelsea have been surrounded by chatter about their need for a new striker. For now, Havertz appears to be the best current alternative.

With some big games coming up for the Blues- Manchester City in the League Cup semi-final and Real Madrid in Europe- it will be intriguing to see if Tuchel intrusts the young German with that no.9 role again.

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Chelsea’s German head coach Thomas Tuchel (R) congratulates Chelsea’s German midfielder Kai Havertz (L) after the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Everton at Stamford Bridge in London on March 8, 2021. – Chelsea won the game 2-0. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / POOL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ‘live’ services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by GLYN KIRK/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

For all his good form, Wright felt that Chelsea should install a ruthless finisher ahead of Havertz for the ties with Madrid.  

The Arsenal icon said: “He (Havertz) has come good but I always thought he would come good because of the calibre of player he is.

“I thought he was great against Palace because he went into areas where they just didn’t pick him up.

“He’s got a lot of ability. He’s able to cause problems there.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 10: Kai Havertz of Chelsea and Gary Cahill of Crystal Palace battle for the ball during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Chelsea at Selhurst Park on April 10, 2021 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

“A Real Madrid will be able to deal with that. They (Chelsea) are going to need, for me in this game, someone that can take that half chance, because Real Madrid knows how to win these games.

“They (Chelsea) are going to need someone to be really clinical on that day.”

Tuchel’s has other options in that area, but seems slightly reluctant to use them.

Olivier Giroud is a very good backup and his experience could be crucial when challenging Madrid’s crafty centre-backs.

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SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 07: Olivier Giroud of Chelsea laughs during the Premier League match between Sheffield United and Chelsea at Bramall Lane on February 07, 2021 in Sheffield, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Tammy Abraham can be effective and is still Chelsea’s top scorer this season.

His relationship with Tuchel, plus repeated injuries, seems to be holding him back however.    

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