Kai Havertz has sent a clear message to Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel Wednesday after his man-of-the-match performance in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Fulham.
Mason Mount and Timo Werner did very well to create the goals, but Havertz stole the limelight with his composure.
The 21-year-old has become one of Tuchel’s preferred No.9 options, along with Werner, and the numbers suggest he suits the role.
He has now had four goals and three assists in the Premier League.
Unsurprisingly, three of those goals were from the last three games in which he played in the central forward role.
However, it is one thing to score a brace against Fulham and another to start against Real Madrid in a Champions League semi-final.
Havertz missed out on the starting line-up last Tuesday, and he certainly hopes that he doesn’t miss another opportunity on Wednesday.
“I’m always desperate to start games,” the Germany international told Sky Sports when asked about the upcoming second-leg match against Real Madrid.
“I play football to play games.
“I know of course we have a lot of quality players in the team. Sometimes it is like that; the other players play as well [as you do].
“To be honest, the other players did very well in the last few matches, so I keep on going, train hard, give my best when I’m on the pitch, and we will see on Wednesday.”
Havertz only played 25 minutes as a substitute in the first-leg draw.
Fortunately for him, Tuchel tends to give in-form players more chances to continue their good run.
After a dominating attacking performance against Crystal Palace last month, Tuchel named the same front three in the following Porto game.
However, Christian Pulisic who was given a rest on Saturday certainly deserves a spot in the starting line-up as well, particularly after his brilliant performance in the first leg.