Chelsea star Kai Havertz said playing in a center-forward role with other “fast” attackers around him makes him “dangerous” in the opposition penalty box.

His versatility is a big part of the 21-year-old’s game and what makes him a very interesting player in the first place.

Similar to his Bayer Leverkusen days, he has played as a centre-midfielder, a right winger, a No.10 and recently as a centre-forward since he arrived at Stamford Bridge.

Havertz himself seems to be unsure whether he has been playing as a false nine or a No.9 in Thomas Tuchel’s 3-4-3 system, but he is clearly enjoying his new role.

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“To be honest, I don’t know!” Havertz told Chelsea’s official website.

“I play somewhere up front – number nine, number 10, something in between – to be honest, I don’t know 100 per cent.

“But I just enjoy the position right now because I feel very good there.

“I have a lot of fast strikers next to me right now, so that’s very nice and I think it’s the perfect position for me.

“I can be dangerous in the box, I can have the ball a lot and that is what I like, so right now it’s very nice for me in this position.”

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While Havertz is not a natural striker like Olivier Giroud or Tammy Abraham, he certainly has the build and some qualities of a target-man.

That is also one of the reasons he has been so effective up front.

In the second-leg win over Real Madrid, for example, Tuchel was full of praise for Havertz’s ability to physically compete with the likes of Sergio Ramos, Nacho, and Eder Militao.

Not only that, the Germany internationals is also comparable to other top strikers in terms of finishing.

The downside is that being the furthest player up front might hinder his playmaking ability, with his teammates will constantly be behind him.

However, given his current form, it is easy to see why Tuchel prefers him in that centre-forward role.

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