'Drop now': Some Chelsea fans become defensive after seeing statistic about Kai Havertz on Sky

A handful of Chelsea supporters on social media rushed to the protection of Kai Havertz following the emergence of Sky Sports’ latest data table.

Sky put out a graphic in regards to the pressures per 90 mins made by forwards from the Premier League’s top four teams.

Players from Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United were analysed, although the latter dropped out of the Champions League spots over the weekend.

Of course, some of the figures might be slightly skewed, depending on how much a certain individual has played this season.

For example, Callum Hudson-Odoi made it onto the list with 28.2 pressures per 90.

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A decent return, but one that’s been inflamed because Hudson-Odoi has only accumulated 147 minutes of league action in 2021/22.

Havertz no slouch

Alongside Hudson-Odoi, only two other Chelsea attackers were included.

Timo Werner, with 39.3 pressures per 90, and Havertz, who has clocked up 30.9 hurries.

For Havertz, the fact his name is on the chart refutes the perception he is lethargic or sluggish.

The German’s ability to glide across the pitch might give the image of idleness, but the stats suggest otherwise.

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Chelsea fans who had previously called the 22-year-old lazy were instantly shut down by their fellow Blue comrades.

Here’s how they reacted on Twitter:

The walkers and the runners

Whilst Havertz has been proved not guilty of failing to hassle opponents, the jury is still out on a few of his teammates.

Neither Romelu Lukaku nor Mason Mount broke into the pressures per 90 min party.

This is perhaps not so surprising for Lukaku; his game is to receive the ball, rather than chase after it.

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Mount’s omission is a little more peculiar, but the fact he has missed two top-flight matches might be the reason.  

Overall, Thomas Tuchel will probably demand a little more from his squad in terms of rushing their rivals.  

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.