Paul Merson urges Chelsea to ditch formation to accommodate Kai Havertz
Paul Merson has claimed that Chelsea boss Frank Lampard should consider changing his formation to allow Kai Havertz play in a new position this season.
Havertz, who is on a £140,000-a-week deal (Spotrac), moved to Stamford Bridge at the start of the season and his signing was arguably the most high-profile of the entire summer window.
The 21-year-old left-footer is the poster boy of the German national side and the youngster had previously been a huge success in the Bundesliga with Bayer Leverkusen.
But he’s yet to really hit the ground running in English football and hasn’t started in any of the previous four Premier League games.
One huge dilemma so far has been over his position, as the manager has used him in a variety of attacking positions and also as a box-to-box midfielder in a number eight role.
Pundit Merson though has suggested that the Blues need to accommodate him in a number 10 playmaker slot behind two strikers.
“They need to ditch the 4-3-3, get Kai Havertz behind a front two, get two up front, play that way and cause teams problems, because as it stands things are predictable with Chelsea,” Merson told Sky Sports.
Havertz has been building his confidence up with some eye-catching cameos from the bench lately, which included an assist in the weekend’s defeat to Manchester City.
The £71million (BBC) creator looks like an attacking midfielder that loves to get in-between the lines and there could be an argument made that the manager should build his team around him.
This weekend’s FA Cup third round tie against Morecambe could be an ideal opportunity for Lampard to experiment and surely Havertz will start after his recent time on the bench.