'Bergkamp kind of player': Paul Merson tells Chelsea how to get the best from their £150k-a-week star

Paul Merson has compared Chelsea star Kai Havertz to iconic Premier League figure Dennis Bergkamp.

Havertz, 22, is a left-footed attacker that’s had a busy couple of seasons at Stamford Bridge.

His iconic goal to win the Champions League in the 2020/21 campaign is the clear standout moment from his Blues career so far. However, his record of 23 goals in 92 appearances across all competitions is perhaps underwhelming for someone with his talent.

The versatile star has played pretty much every position across the frontline, which is why many are uncertain on his best role. He ended up spending a lot of last season as a false-nine.

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Merson compared Havertz to Bergkamp

Merson thinks Chelsea would be best off using Havertz in a number 10 role.

He’s even made a big comparison to Arsenal legend Bergkamp, too. The retired Dutch attacker was one of the most eye-catching players in the Premier League during his career with his technique, vision and influence in a pocket behind the striker.

“Kai Havertz is a number 10 for me. Not a centre forward. I look at him as a Dennis Bergkamp kind of player,” Merson wrote.

“He doesn’t need the ball with his back to goal. He’s too good for that. He needs the ball facing towards goal and he will make things happen.”

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Big third season

A lot of eyes will be on Havertz to see how he fares during his third year at the Bridge.

Jason Cundy claims Chelsea are a better side when he starts in attack, but will that continue when the new season begins?

The £150,000-a-week Germany international is an amazing talent that you want involved in the game, so dropping him as a No.10 does make sense.

However, it may be hard trying to find the right balance with both him and Mason Mount.

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