Kai Havertz said Romelu Lukaku draws a lot of attention from opposition defenders, and it helps other Chelsea attackers flourish during games.
Lukaku currently tops Chelsea’s goalscoring charts with three goals in the Premier League — and four in all competitions.
Well, many might have expected more from the 28-year-old, particularly after such an impressive start to his second Chelsea career.
Bear in mind, all of his four goals came during his first four games, but he has hit a wall since and failed to score in the last five games.
It might have something to do with his now getting more attention from opposing teams, although according to Havertz, this also benefits his Chelsea teammates.
“Romelu’s now maybe the point every defender is looking to,” the Germany international told the club’s official website.
“Sometimes two or three defenders are just on him, so it gives us a lot more space around him.
“He’s now had a few games here, so also it’s getting better when you are used to playing with him.
“Of course, he’s a brilliant striker, and I think in the last few matches he showed this very much.”
Havertz’s ‘favourite position’
However, it seems that Havertz has not been able to capitalise on Lukaku’s presence.
Thomas Tuchel recently criticised his underwhelming form, saying that the versatile attacker was not in his “best shape”.
To be fair, Havertz might need time to readjust to playing in a deeper role again, having spent the last few months of last season as Chelsea’s first-choice No.9.
Although, he still insisted that he actually likes the role he has been playing so far.
“Sometimes I play as a number 10, sometimes as a number nine,” he explained.
“I like the position I’m playing in this system very much and I’m enjoying it.
“It’s my favourite position, somewhere up front, and it’s very nice also to play these positions with these good players here.”