Exclusive: Pat Nevin says Chelsea ace's best position is similar to one of Frank Lampard's

Pat Nevin told the Chelsea Chronicle that he believed Kai Havertz is most suited to playing just behind the main centre-forward.

Havertz has fulfilled all manners of roles since he signed for the Blues last summer.

Frank Lampard trialled him in every position across the front three, as well as a midfielder, with huge variation in success.

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It wasn’t until Tuchel took over midway through the campaign did Chelsea supporters begin to see the best of their German starlet.


His crowning moment came in the Champions League final, where he scored the winner whilst playing as a ‘false nine’.

He also found joy against Fulham and Crystal Palace in the Premier League, not to mention during the European semi-final victory over Real Madrid at Stamford Bridge.

Unlocking Kai’s class

Yet, Nevin felt Havertz is actually more destructive starting a little further back, rather than leading the line.   

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“I think he is one of the two off the striker, arriving,” said the Chelsea icon.

“He’s not necessarily the best player wide. He can play as a nine, he can play as a false nine.

“We talk about tens, sixes, and eights. Kai, in times gone by, would have been an inside forward. That’s exactly his position.

“That position is still a position players player, but you just don’t call it that anymore. But I’ve seen brilliant players in the past playing in that position.

“One of those being Frank Lampard, arriving in the box he is unbelievable.

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“His (Havertz) arrival and movement is brilliant. When he gets there, his finishing is ultra-calm.”

Havertz at the heart

If Chelsea do sign a new striker this summer, Havertz may well be pushed back by Tuchel into an area with fewer restrictions.

This could give him a greater canvas to be more creative and hopefully help his goals return.

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Last season, the 22-year-old managed nine in 45 games, as well as providing nine assists.

Certainly not an awful tally, but compared to his last term with Bayer Leverkusen, where he netted 18 in 45, there’s certainly room for improvement.

Check out Pat Nevin’s new book, The Accidental Footballer, a memoir of his journey from talented schoolboy to Chelsea legend.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.