Former Leverkusen manager suggests where Kai Havertz would fit in Lampard's 4-3-3
Kai Havertz’s former coach at Bayer Leverkusen Tayfun Korkut has explained where the versatile midfielder might fit in Frank Lampard’s Chelsea amid transfer rumours.
Korkut had a brief spell as Leverkusen manager back in 2017, but during that time he already recognised the talent in the 21-year-old.
Havertz has since become one of the emerging stars in Bundesliga and is reportedly close to a big move to Chelsea [BILD].
The Germany international is well-known for his versatility as he played in several positions, including as centre midfielder, right-winger and even as No.9.
Korkut may have played a part in Havertz’s versatility, although it was not necessarily because he knew how good Havertz was at multiple roles.
He told Sky Sports: “I played him on the right side because he was very young and I wanted to take him away from the pressure of the middle but he is not really a winger.
“I got the width from the full-backs so he could still come in from the wing and shoot or cross with his left foot. That was the idea.”
Havertz’s best position
The former Stuttgart manager also hinted at how Havertz could suit Frank Lampard’s 4-3-3 system.
“He is not a No 6, clearly not. But I think in front of that he can play anywhere,” he added.
“Maybe his best position is as a No 8 in the 4-3-3 formation that many teams play now.
“Somewhere between a No. 8 and a No. 10. He is more of a central player than a winger but it depends on the system.”
Although Lampard already has plenty centre-midfield options; N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, Ross Barkley, Mason Mount, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and even Billy Gilmour, very few of these options have the goalscoring threat and playmaking abilities Havertz would provide.
In 2019/20, Havertz contributed 18 goals and eight assists in all competitions for Leverkusen, which would easily put him ahead of any Chelsea player in terms of goal involvements.
Obviously, his versatility would allow Lampard to have various options. However, if Havertz were to join, having him as a hybrid of No.8 and N0.10 would certainly be interesting.