‘A big part’: Merson says intelligent £150k-a-week Chelsea star may be vital against Watford

Paul Merson is predicting that Chelsea player Kai Havertz could be a vital figure in tonight’s match away to Watford. 

The Blues make the short trip to Vicarage Road on Wednesday night to face Watford in a Premier League encounter.

Havertz, 22, was an unused substitute in the weekend’s 1-1 draw against Manchester United. However, the German forward has been a regular during the past couple of months for Thomas Tuchel’s side.

With Timo Werner’s fitness still unclear ahead of Watford, it means the door may be open for someone to replace him in the centre-forward position. 

Romelu Lukaku is one option who’s making his way back from injury, featuring off the bench with a late cameo against Man United. Meanwhile, Havertz is another choice to spearhead the Blues attack.

Merson suggests that Havertz could be key to penetrating the Watford backline:

“Chelsea dominated over the weekend, but Manchester United sat deep and didn’t give them any space. Timo Werner didn’t really look like scoring, and I think Kai Havertz’s intelligence could play a big part against Watford,” Merson said.

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Havertz important to Chelsea

Havertz isn’t always the most eye-catching player, but the team can sometimes drop in creativity when he’s not on the pitch. 

The £150,000-a-week left-footer is so smart with his movement in the final third, with teammates often benefiting from him.

Obviously, four goals in 17 appearances so far this season isn’t the kind of individual tally he’ll be proud of. 

However, he does bring a lot to Thomas Tuchel’s XI on and off the ball. Chelsea’s manager even claimed last month he’s getting “unlucky” when it comes to goalscoring.

Lukaku’s comeback to this Chelsea side is a massive boost and he’s in contention against Watford. Havertz can still be a crucial part of the line-up in a system with Lukaku, though.

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