Much has been made of the Bundesliga table returning to action this past weekend, but the biggest excitement for most neutrals was finally getting to see Kai Havertz take to the field for Bayer Leverkusen. The 20-year-old has been one of the stars of the season, and his potential is undeniable. Those that were still left uncertain by his ability were left under no doubt following Leverkusen’s 4-1 dismantling of Werder Bremen.
Havertz was in stunning form as he continued his excellent run before the break in place. Before the suspension of the Bundesliga, Havertz had scored five goals and made five assists in his previous six Bundesliga appearances. The break in play only seemed to ensure that he came back hungrier as he scored a brace in a 1-4 win over Werder Bremen.
The German was at the heart of everything good that the Champions League-chasing side did, and rumours linking Havertz with a move to the Premier League have intensified overnight.
What Would He Bring To The Premier League?
There are very few more influential players in the Bundesliga than Havertz. The effect that he has on Leverkusen is profound, as he has scored 12 goals and made seven assists in all competitions this season. He averages either a goal or an assist in just under an average of one per game. His pass completion rate in the Bundesliga this season is an impressive 86.8%, while he wins an average of 1.4 aerial duals per game.
There is no doubting that his preferred position is in the number ten role, but he can also seamlessly operate from the right-hand side of an attacking line. He has scored three goals and made three assists from the number ten position, while he has scored twice and made two assists from the right-hand side.
He will certainly attract a huge fee should he move to the Premier League, as his threat in the attacking third is staggering. As well as his assists, he has averaged 2.2 key passes per game in the Bundesliga and attempts 2.2 dribbles per game.
His age means that he still has areas to improve on, but clubs investing in him this summer will be aware that he is by no means the finished article just yet. Defensively he can use work as he struggles to tackle and doesn’t offer support when his side is defending.
However, his 1,89m ensure he has enough stature to be one of the best NFL cornerbacks of all time if he had been born in the US. As a football player in Europe, nonetheless, his stature already proven to be crucial as yesterday both his goals were headers.
He makes up for the lack of defensive skills for what he offers in the final third of the pitch, and that has ensured that Leverkusen are still among the favourites to finish in a Champions League place this season.
Where Could He End Up?
There will certainly be a number of clubs that will be looking at acquiring his services, but at an expected fee of around £70 million, the number of clubs that could realistically make the move is cut. Liverpool have been one of the clubs that have been admirers of Havertz, and the Jurgen Klopp link will certainly mean that German players are always willing to listen.
He would seamlessly slot into the Liverpool side, as he could easily play a little bit deeper in a middle three and offer something the Reds something differently creatively from midfield.
Manchester United have also been interested in the German, but whether they are able to qualify for the Champions League will be vital in any potential move. United may also prefer to break the bank to bring in Jadon Sancho, which will mean that a move for Havertz may be scuppered. Barcelona and Bayern Munich have also been linked with making a move over recent months.