‘So graceful’: Joe Cole claims Chelsea player is a lot quicker than most people think

Joe Cole has claimed that Chelsea star Kai Havertz is a lot faster than people think.

Havertz, 22, may be thrown into the limelight in the next few weeks depending on the outcome of injury concerns to teammates Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner.

Lukaku and Werner were both forced off injured during Chelsea’s 4-0 win against Malmo in the Champions League group stages on Wednesday night, so supporters are waiting to hear the state of their fitness. If they face spells on the sidelines, surely Blues manager Thomas Tuchel will look towards Havertz.

The 22-year-old’s versatility means he can play as a centre-forward. Also, he can be dangerous as a creative playmaker floating around the pitch. He may be needed, though as a leading focal point and main goalscorer.

Pundit and ex-Chelsea favourite Cole pointed out last night that Havertz is deceptively quick. 

“That’s a lovely finish. He is so graceful and he’s actually quicker than you think. He’s got that loping stride,” Cole told BT Sport 3 (10:05pm, 20 October)

“A lot of his time in Germany he played as a false nine. I find he’s more comfortable in that position because he’s got that ability where he can play with his head on a swivel. I think you’ll actually find in the next few weeks he’ll come into his own.”

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Time to shine for Kai Havertz

Unfortunately, Havertz hasn’t quite been able to carry the momentum of scoring a Champions League winner into this season.

His lovely finish against Malmo in midweek means he’s now scored two goals in 11 appearances across all competitions this campaign. 

There is going to be a pressure on him to net more regularly in a centre-forward role. He’s got the individual ability and calmness in front of goal to succeed, but he desperately needs consistency.

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Who is fastest at Chelsea?

Havertz is definitely one of the fastest at Stamford Bridge when he opens up his legs over a longer distance. 

However, German teammates Antonio Rudiger and Timo Werner are the biggest speedsters in the Blues squad. 

The likes of Romelu Lukaku, N’Golo Kante and Christian Pulisic should join the conversation, too.

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Dom is a Chelsea supporter who has worked in online publishing for more than six years. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016, he now writes exclusively for The Chelsea Chronicle covering news, analysis and match coverage. He enjoys the dream position of writing about his boyhood club, which seems to be involved in more drama every single day than an episode of The Bill. Aside from his love for Chelsea, he supports and follows the England cricket team. He also fancies himself as the Sunday League version of Michael Essien.