If you ask any average German Football fan what the ideal German Midfielder would be, most of the responses will be a cross of Mesut Özil and Toni Kroos. Well in the latest German wunderkind, Kai Havertz, they have somewhat had a glimpse into what the ideal player would be.
Standing at 6’2”, the 21 yr old Aachen born German, broke into the Leverkusen first team at the age of 17 and has since been a regular in the first 11, is indispensable to all of the 4 managers he has played under in his very short career so far. And it’s not tough to understand why, given that he can play as a 10, 6, or an 8 in the Leverkusen team depending on the manager and his style of play and the tempo of the game at different instants. His versatility at a very young age and in different roles earned him the title of Alleskooner (he who can do everything) from German publication Bild.
Best as a no.10, Havertz is a player who is not just technically sound but also knows how to make runs and can read movements to perfection, making him a vital cog in the final 3rd and Leverkusen’s attacking unit. His most renowned trait is the ability to deliver highly accurate through balls, like his countryman Özil, right at the feet of other attackers thus creating many goal-scoring chances a game with an average of 2 a game.
With wingers like Bellarabi, Diaby, and Bailey, all of whom are quick, and have an eye for goal and love drifting into the box, it makes Havertz an even more potent threat as the movement of the wingers draws the defenders away, creating lots of space in front of the box which leaves him more often than not in highly goalscoring positions. It is because of this attacking gameplay that Havertz has accumulated 28 goals across the last 2 seasons and this year became the youngest player in Bundesliga history to hit 35 goals.
Another facet of his game is his ability to drift out wide and get into a really good crossing position when the wingers drift in, delivering both low crosses fizzing along the ground and lobs to the back-post where he usually picks out the diminutive Volland. With aX having expected him to notch up 11 assists by now, he is an elite creator who will put up better with better players around him.
Where can he move next season?
Being linked with a move away from the Bayer Arena for 2 summers now, this window looks like the one where he will most likely leave with rumors linking him to Chelsea and Real Madrid is the most credible, but you can rest assured that the other elite teams surely have an eye on him.
Real Madrid right now has lots of young midfielders and wingers and any move for the German will only take place after the sales of fringe players. He would make an ideal Toni Kroos successor but I highly doubt Real will sign him as their main priority at the moment is a CDM backup for Casemiro.
Chelsea have already secured the signature of Ziyech and have a deal in principle agreed with Leipzig for Werner and Havertz could be inclined to the prospect of linking up with his German counterpart. The only downside to this deal would be the stiff competition he’d face in every position in the frontline, from Hudson-Odoi and Pulisic on both the flanks to Mount at the no.10 position.
Manchester United are another club sniffing around and should any deal for Sancho fail to materialize for Jadon Sancho because of Dortmund’s asking price, Havertz would be available for a cheaper fee of around £70-80M and wouldn’t be a massive downgrade on the Englishman. He is assured of a starting position on the right, which he favors, and will have a lethal strike-force and midfield to assist him in chance creation. Also with Wan-Bissaka as the RB, he would not feel the need to track back keeping him as a brilliant avenue for a counter-attack.
FC Barcelona is a club that isn’t strongly linked with him but one which could do with a player like him. Messi’s aging and Kai at his age would suit the need for a young excellent attacker who could be a massive player in his tenure in Barcelona. His versatility could even see him playing as a CF in a few years which would take care of the problem Suarez’s successor away.
FC Bayern simply because of the pull of this team and that half of his national teammates play at this club and at the end of the day, it is the biggest club in Germany.