·28 January 2023
·28 January 2023
Chelsea ace Kai Havertz could be a ‘different animal’ at Stamford Bridge next season due to their new influx of forward players, journalist Dean Jones has informed GIVEMESPORT.
Graham Potter has enjoyed an extremely busy January transfer window, bringing in no fewer than six additions as he bids to improve the Blues’ fortunes in the Premier League.
Chelsea have been highly active this month concerning signing up fresh talent, acquiring Mykhailo Mudryk, Andrey Santos, Noni Madueke, Joao Felix, Benoit Badiashile and David Datro Fofana to bolster their squad ranks.
Incredibly, the Blues seem to be on the lookout for more potential incomings at Stamford Bridge. The Telegraph has detailed that Chelsea have had a bid turned down for Lyon right-back Malo Gusto.
In the same report, it is said that the West London side has also rekindled their interest in Everton forward Anthony Gordon, who was previously a target last summer.
Brighton ace Moises Caicedo and Benfica star Enzo Fernandez are also ‘primary targets’ for Potter to rejuvenate his staggering midfield, according to The Evening Standard, who also suggest that a loan signing is a possibility this month to freshen up the engine room if no permanent solution can be found.
Transfer insider Jones believes that Havertz could start to shine for Chelsea once he is regularly pitted alongside attacking players that are close to his ‘wavelength’, such as new players Felix and Mudryk, along with incoming summer arrival Christopher Nkunku.
Jones told GMS: “It actually might be that once he has more players that are on his wavelength, we see more from Kai Havertz.
“He was on the pitch with Joao Felix for an hour against Fulham and you saw a different spark in him at that moment. So you know, once you’re getting Mudryk into the team, once you’re getting Joao Felix, once Nkunku comes in, I think you’ll see a different animal.”
Havertz has endured an inconsistent season at Chelsea, unsurprisingly coinciding with a drop in form at Stamford Bridge that has left them tenth in the Premier League table.
Despite this, there is an argument to say the 23-year-old has fallen victim to the lack of natural strikers Chelsea possesses at the moment, which has led to Havertz being used in a centre-forward role that perhaps isn’t his best position, all things considered.
In 2022/23, Havertz has played 27 times for the Blues, scoring six goals and claiming one assist across all competitions, as per Transfermarkt. Five of these efforts, alongside his solitary assist, have come from 13 outings in a striking role, which really isn’t too bad of a record all told.
WhoScored tallies that the Germany international has had an average of 1.9 shots per match in Chelsea colours this term, showing that he does, in fact, have elements to his game that you would associate with an out-and-out number nine.
Hopefully, from a Chelsea standpoint, Havertz’s new teammates in the forward line can help to supply him with regular chances moving forward. The former Bayer Leverkusen ace has produced flashes of brilliance since joining the West London side for £75 million back in 2020, though has always left more to be desired at Stamford Bridge.
Getting the best out of Havertz will be a priority for Blues’ manager Potter, who will know just how dangerous the German can be in offensive scenarios when given a platform to shine.
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