Micah Richards was impressed by Kai Havertz’s in the 2-0 win over Fulham and said he sees similarities between Chelsea and Manchester City when the Germany international plays up front.
The 21-year-old deservedly won the man of the match award after scoring a brace on Saturday evening.
There have understandably been suggestions that Chelsea might need an elite striker to really challenge for trophies.
However, Havertz has been showing that he can at least be a short-term solution to their central forward role issues.
Having played in a similar role at Bayer Leverkusen, Havertz is also quite familiar with the position.
According to Richards, Havertz’s fluidity when leading the line for Chelsea reminds him of Manchester City’s front line this season.
“We saw glimpses earlier this season [why Chelsea paid big bucks for Havertz], but [on Saturday], he stamped his authority a little bit more,” Richards told BBC’s MOTD.
“What I like about him is his willingness to run in behind.
“He gets in all different sort of positions, he plays anywhere across the three [and is] very comfortable on the ball.
“It’s like [Manchester] City when they play without a recognised striker.
“Now you see it slowly why he cost that much.”
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side is certainly an example that a team does not necessarily need a world-class striker to dominate.
Although, it clearly helps when their midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has stepped up with 12 league goals so far.
For comparison, Chelsea currently have four joint-top scorers in the league; Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Jorginho (six penalties), and Timo Werner, each having six league goals.
As it stands, Manchester City have five players who have outscored these Chelsea leading goalscorers in the league.
If Chelsea want to close the gap with Manchester City without a 20, 30-goal striker, they will need more goal-scoring output from different areas of the pitch.