Report: Chelsea board will not 'accept' transfer decision that would put 21-year-old's role at risk
The Chelsea board will not sanction any transfer decision that would put Kai Havertz’s first-team role at risk according to The Telegraph’s Matt Law.
Chelsea are reportedly in the market for a new striker this summer which is hardly a surprise.
Both Thomas Tuchel and his predecessor Frank Lampard have experimented with different types of options in that position.
From traditional No.9s in Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud to roaming forwards in Havertz and Timo Werner — all have led the line at some point this season.
Werner and Abraham finished the season as the club’s joint-top scorers with 12 goals in all competitions. Impressively, it proved enough to secure a Champions League trophy.
In the Premier League, however, it becomes apparent that Chelsea lack a consistent goalscorer. Jorginho is officially Chelsea’s top scorer in the league this season with seven penalty goals.
Havertz questions amid reported pursuit of a new striker
Despite the plans to bring in a new striker, the Chelsea hierarchy insists that Havertz’s position in the team remains untouchable, according to Law.
“This is a very good point,” Law responded to the question about how the potential arrival of a new striker would impact Havertz’s future at Chelsea on London is Blue podcast.
“Tuchel is in a position now where he will have a lot of power [over transfer decisions].
“But still the board are not going to accept any sort of move that demote Kai Havertz given he’s just scored in the Champions League final.
“And you could only imagine he’s going to only get better next season.
“So exactly that, if you sign a striker, what then you do with Havertz?
“If you drop Havertz back [into No.10 or winger positions], does that mean Werner is out, or Mount is definitely out?”
Chelsea would need new striker simply to avoid ‘numerical problem’, says Law
Law added that Chelsea are likely going to need a new striker regardless of their plans with Havertz.
Law highlighted that Chelsea are likely going to lose both Giroud and Abraham this summer.
He believes that could be a “slight problem”.
“You [wouldn’t have] Giroud and potentially Abraham on the bench,” the journalist explained.
“So it feels like somebody would have to come in even for just numerical squad perspective, even if they couldn’t get the absolute number one striker [target].”
Update: Chelsea have recently announced that they have exercised the option to extend Giroud’s contract by one year.
Considering the amount of money Chelsea invested in Havertz, it is understandable that the board want the 21-year-old to remain a regular starter.
That, however, might come at the expense of another attacker, unless Tuchel opts for a back-four system next season and reduce the number of defenders on the pitch instead.