Kai Havertz has explained Romelu Lukaku’s return to Chelsea has made the Blues “more flexible” up front.
Speaking to the Chelsea Mic’d Up podcast, Havertz shared what it means to have Lukaku back at Stamford Bridge.
From a romantic point of view, it seemed logical the 28-year-old Belgian would end his career at the club where it (almost) all began.
His journey from an enthusiastic but inexperienced prodigy to one of the world’s deadliest strikers would make a novel in itself.
But taking a purely footballing point of view, leading Chelsea’s attack makes complete sense.
Thomas Tuchel wanted a number nine, Lukaku wanted to prove his Premier League critics wrong; a match made in heaven.
The Blues now have a definitive figure up front rather than a variety of players filling in the gap.
On numerous occasions last season Timo Werner attempted to take on the burden, without great success.
Thanks to £97.5m (Sky Sports) of new player arriving on Tuchel’s doorstep, however, the pressure on Werner has eased a little.
On the podcast, Havertz was quick to explain how Lukaku’s entrance has given Chelsea a well-rounded forward line.
“(Lukaku) brings a lot of things,” said the German starlet.
“He’s a very good striker. I think he also grew as a player very much in the last couple of years.
“We all know how tall and how big he is. To have him as a number nine for us all is very good because I think we are a little more flexible.
“We have, for example, Timo. He’s a striker who always runs behind and always finds the spaces.
“Now we have another type of striker. It’s just nice to have such a big squad and have so many players. (Lukaku) is one of the best strikers in the world.”
Although potentially vying for the same position, some Chelsea fans are looking forward to the day Lukaku and Werner get to link up.
Pace, mixed with power is a combination that has frightened defenders since the dawn of the game.
Few have matched Werner’s speed; few have gone shoulder to shoulder with Lukaku and survived.
So to unleash them at once is a scary prospect for the English top flight – and Europe in general.