Chelsea player insists he is not 'real number nine'

Chelsea star Havertz speaks about his preferred positions

Chelsea star Kai Havertz has had his say about his preferred position and explained why he does not see himself as a “real number nine”.

Even many Chelsea fans have had a hard time pinpointing the 22-year-old’s best position on the pitch.

He arrived at Chelsea from Bayer Leverkusen as a versatile attacker who excelled in various different roles in midfield and attack.

Having a player who can cover multiple positions is always good, but Chelsea already have plenty of good options for each role and arguably need more specialists rather than generalists.

Well, Havertz himself said he does not have any particular favourite position, but he knows where he operates best.

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“I started my career as a number eight, or a number 10,” the Germany international explained (via Chelsea’s official website).

“In Germany I played also as a left and right winger, and in the last year as a number nine at Chelsea.

“I cannot say I have a favourite position.

“Nowadays you have to adapt your game to different positions.

“That makes a player stronger. The manager can switch it around if the opponent does something different.

“I don’t have a favourite position, but I like to be in the box, close to the goal, and have the ball.

“The false nine suits me well, but when we have three strikers with two number 10s and a number nine, all these positions suit me.

“I know I’m not a real number nine just waiting in the box and doing headers. I want to be influential in the game, get the ball, sometimes drop into midfield, and start attacks there.”

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Unsurprisingly, many people argue that Chelsea look more fluent with Havertz, who tends to drop deeper, up front, rather than Romelu Lukaku, who likes to make runs in behind.

It does not necessarily mean that these two cannot work together, though.

Lukaku is not exactly in a fine goalscoring form, but according to Havertz, the Belgium international simply needs more time.

“I was not the first one in that situation, Rom is not the first one, and he will not be the last one,” he added.

“Sometimes it takes time and that’s it.”

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Gerry is a Chelsea supporter who has more than five years of experience in online publishing. He started out writing for Chelsea fan blogs during his high school years, before writing for several local sport news outlets. After graduating in NCTJ-accredited sports journalism MA at the University of Sunderland, he has worked as a freelance writer for The Chelsea Chronicle since 2020. He is a big fan of football statistics and strongly believes that sooner or later, the xG Gods always catch up. He is also a proud member of Michael Ballack fan club.