While the Chelsea attacker accepts it hasn’t been an easy first season, Kai Havertz feels he’s in the perfect position.
Havertz may not quite know how to describe exactly which position he assumes for Chelsea, but nonetheless feels that it is the ‘perfect’ position for him.
“To be honest, I don’t know!” Havertz told Chelsea’s official matchday programme, ahead of the Blues’ Wednesday game against Arsenal.
“I play somewhere up front – number nine, number 10, something in between – to be honest, I don’t know 100 per cent,” he said, when pressed to guess.
Havertz Feels He’s in the Perfect Position
Chelsea signed the young star in September last year, but since, Havertz has struggled to find his place, his niche, in the first team.
It would now be easiest to call Havertz a midfielder for Cheslea.
However, after a 0-0 draw at Leeds in March, new Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel also expressed fluidity over his position.
Tuchel said: “He can play as a No9, as a half striker or a winger. Today we used him as a No9.”
“I feel Kai is very comfortable in high positions, to drop into half spaces from the high positions to turn and drive with the ball and use his speed,” the coach began, however.
“But he also arrives very naturally in the box to finish our attacks. He is comfortable in finishing.”
“I am happy, unfortunately he could not finish like he finishes in training or his talent allows him to finish,” Tuchel finished. “I trust him in this position.”
Havertz himself, said now: “I just enjoy the position right now because I feel very good there.”
He went on: “I have a lot of fast strikers next to me right now, so that’s very nice and I think it’s the perfect position for me.”
“I can be dangerous in the box, I can have the ball a lot and that is what I like, so right now it’s very nice for me in this position,” he said.
“I think the first year wasn’t very easy for me but I think I’m getting better and better, getting more confidence,” he added.
“But, for me, the team effort was the most important thing this season, and that we get victories – that’s more important than my own personal things,” he concluded, though.
“But, of course, I always want to play my best and I’m getting better now, so it feels good.”