Kai Havertz: The German machine every club wants
Bayer Leverkusen youngster, Kai Havertz, has caught the attention of the footballing world this season.
The German midfield maestro is an embodiment of exquisite technique, laser-accurate passes and ice-cold composure on the ball.
Still only 20, Havertz has been likened to some of Germany’s best ever midfielders, Mesut Ozil and Micheal Ballack.
To be candid though, his traits are similar to that of both players.
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Kai Havertz is an attacking midfielder who loves to roam the pitch, box-to-box like we call it, which explains his comparison to Ballack.
However, his superb vision and the precision of passes rationalize the juxtaposition with Mesut Özil.
Havertz’s love for Ozil is unhidden, the 20-year old is a great admirer of Ozil’s playing style.
“Mesut Özil is my role model. I think our playing styles are similar and that’s why i am trying to learn as much from his game as i can” a teenage Havert said in 2017.
The Young German Shepherd
Kai Havertz joined Bayer Leverkusen in the summer of 2010, he started out with the youth team, and grabbed 18 goals in 26 games to help Leverkusen win the Germany U17 title in 2016.
A few months later, he became Bayer Leverkusen’s youngest ever debutant, racking up 24 first team appearances in his debut season.
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Since then, his maturity, fettle and price tag have been on the upward rise.
Last season, Havertz scored 17 league goals and became the youngest player to reach 30 goals in the Bundesliga, he is also the youngest player to make 100 appearances in Germany’s topflight division.
Havertz’s has lots of admirers and manager of the German national team, Joachim Low is one of them:
“To play such a season at 19 and score 17 goals is exceptional.
“With Kai Havertz I asked myself after the first time he trained with us whether he could’ve already been with us for a year or two. It seemed as if he’d always played with the others. I’ve seen that very, very rarely with a player before.” the Mannschaft coach said during an interview with Kicker last year.
Havertz recently became Bayer Leverkusen’s captain, and to say he’s leading by example might be an understatement.
2019-20 season stats
Havertz has featured in the league 24 times for Leverkusen this term, scoring 10 goals and providing 5 assists.
He has completed 88.7% of his 1,090 attempted passes from open play which highlights his great vision and level of accuracy when distributing the ball.
So far, he has committed 13 fouls from open play, receiving 3 yellow cards for his troubles.
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Havertz has delivered 13 crosses from open play and won 41.4% of his overall duels [38.3% Aerial duel and 41.9% Ground duels].
Do not pay much attention to his duel stats as he is not a combative midfielder and winning duels whether aerially or otherwise, is not his major strength.
Havertz is much more productive futher up the pitch, in the opponent’s terrain — his intelligent use and distribution of the ball makes it easier for his team to punish the opposition.
Since the return of the Bundesliga from a COVID-19 enforced break, Havertz have scored four times in 2 games.
Interest from far and wide
Clubs all over Europe are certainly monitoring his development and could make a move for the German in the coming months.
According to transfermarkt, Havertz is worth €81million.
Rumors have linked him to Barcelona, Manchester United and even Bayern Munich recently.
Barcelona are looking to rejig their midfield, as rumors continue to link Rakitic and Arturo Vidal away from the club.
He could replace Rakitic and partner Frenkie de Jong in the heart of midfield, similar to the Iniesta-Xavi partnership.
We’re not certain about his next move just yet, but one thing is sure, Kai Havertz is good at what he does and is a midfielder most clubs would love to have in their ranks.