Paul Merson suggested that Kai Havertz was the one Chelsea player applicable to fill the void left by Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner.

Writing for Sportskeeda, Merson couldn’t see anybody else replacing the two injured forwards other than the 22-year-old German.

Both Werner and Lukaku were forced to vacate the field mid-week against Malmo after suffering separate injuries.

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Werner hobbled off holding his hamstring, whilst the Belgian’s ankle endured some hefty vandalism.

Kai to take the crown

Havertz took over from the damaged duo on Wednesday and reaped the rewards by scoring Chelsea’s fourth of the night.

He is expected now to step up into Lukaku’s rather large shoes for the imminent future, whilst his teammate recovers.

Thomas Tuchel is actually quite limited in terms of direct replacements for the prominent centre-forward pairing.

Therefore, all the focus will be on Havertz to lead the line at home to Norwich City tomorrow and for the subsequent matches as well.

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“Thomas Tuchel might opt to play Kai Havertz upfront – I can’t think of anyone else who could play in that position,” agreed Merson.


“Suddenly, you look at Chelsea and think they are a little bit short in attack, but this is a good game for Havertz to make his opportunity count.

“He isn’t an out-and-out centre-forward, but this is an easy game for Chelsea so it won’t matter.”

Havertz has previous

Luckily for Tuchel, Havertz has featured as ‘false nine’ for Chelsea and Bayer Leverkusen before.

Instead of using traditional strikers such as Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud last season, the Blues boss repeatedly deployed his younger compatriot through the middle.

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Tall, with a good first touch and graceful approach, the £150,000-a-week (Spotrac) international does have the makeup of a no.9.

He just needs to score a few more goals for the transition to be completed.

Chelsea’s next five fixtures (Norwich, Southampton, Newcastle United, Malmo and Burnley) should give Havertz plenty of chances to increase his tally.

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