Joe Cole said Chelsea could have won the game against Leeds United if Olivier Giroud had played as he insisted that Kai Havertz is not a centre-forward.

Havertz kept his spot in the central forward role after a brilliant performance against Everton on Monday evening.

The 21-year-old had four shots on target against Leeds but did not force Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier to make any difficult save.

The fact that Havertz were getting those chances shown was largely down to his clever positioning and movements, according to Cole.

But the former Chelsea winger believes Havertz lacked the finishing of a natural striker that Giroud would have offered.

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“Havertz, he did well today, did okay, his movements were good, the chances fell to him and was just a bit unlucky, I think,” Cole told BT Sport after the game.

“It’s just not quite happening for him [Havertz]. Listen, he’s not a No.9.

“I think if you put a centre-forward in this team, it’s a different story here.

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“You know that instinct of a striker, they’ll just be a little bit sharper.

“If only [Chelsea had] Giroud today. I can only think [Tuchel] did not bring him on because he had the Champions League game in mind.

“But if it was Giroud there, he probably would have buried [the chances Havertz had].”

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Chronicle view

While Cole had a point about Giroud’s being a better finisher than Havertz, he might have underestimated what the former Bayer Leverkusen’s goalscoring instinct.

Havertz arguably had his best spell as in a No.9 role at Leverkusen last season.

To put it into perspective, and half of the 12 goals he scored in Bundesliga last season came when he played as a No.9 (six goals in five appearances according to Transfermarkt).

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