'More and more physical': Tuchel says £150k-a-week Chelsea star is now using his body more

Thomas Tuchel has said that Chelsea forward Kai Havertz is now starting to use his physical aspects far more in games.

Havertz, who earns £150,000-a-week, is a versatile attacker that’s played a few different roles for the Blues. For instance, he’s had plenty of game time lately as the central striker after pushing up the pitch from a more creative role.

The German youngster has a 6ft 3in frame and has a lot of great attributes. He’s good in the air and has shown he can hold the ball up in the final third to help link up play. He’s deceptively quick, too.

Tuchel has noticed the 22-year-old is improving as a physical presence week by week by using his body more:

“He (Havertz) is technically strong, but also he’s getting more and more physical. Using his body, having a lot of sprints, being reliable off the ball,” Tuchel told the club’s official app The 5th Stand (8 December).

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Havertz potential excites Chelsea fans

For Havertz, there is so much potential within him that Tuchel will be striving to unlock.

The left-footed attacker is such a natural with the ball at his feet and there aren’t many players around you can compare him with.

Aged 22, it looks like he’s beginning to fill out. It’s bad news for Premier League defences when you consider Havertz has got a bit of everything to his game.

The task is now to make him more consistent around the penalty box.

With so much competition for the attacking positions at Chelsea, Havertz needs to be posting more goals and assists to nail down a spot in the starting XI.

He’s been passed fit to travel with the squad for Wednesday’s Champions League group stage match against Zenit, despite an injury concern after the weekend’s Premier League defeat to West Ham.

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