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What is Chelsea star Kai Havertz’ best position under Thomas Tuchel?

Chelsea forward Kai Havertz is having a superb season under Thomas Tuchel. The attacker has been one of the standouts in a roller-coaster campaign for the Blues.

The west London outfit have certainly had their problems this season. And they have come both on and off the pitch.

But one constant has been the impressive displays of Havertz. And at just 22, it’s clear that the attacker is only going to get better.

Like many of his teammates, however, he has been subject to position changes under Tuchel. That’s because the boss has chopped and changed formations throughout the campaign.

Kai Havertz

What is Kai Havertz’ best position?

The forward boasts 11 goals and five assists this season. Those have arrived in 34 matches in all competitions. But Havertz’ best position can perhaps be analysed by delving further into those goal contributions.

As reported by Transfermarkt, the German has played in four different roles this season. He has primarily featured as a centre-forward. But he has also played in attacking midfield, as a second striker, and as a left-winger.

Importantly, most of his goals have come in centre-forward. A total of eight strikes have come in the position, compared to two in attacking midfielder and one as a second striker.

Moreover, his assist contributions follow a very similar pattern. Three have come as a centre-forward, with the other two arriving from attacking midfield.

The youngster is definitely enjoying his best period in a Chelsea shirt in front of goal. He has four goals and one assist in his last three Premier League matches. He played as a centre-forward in all three games.

It was evident that Tuchel was forced into using the likes of Havertz in a more attacking role, such was the disappointing form of strikers Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner. It now seems there can be no dropping Havertz from the role, and perhaps he is best off as the club’s leading striker.

Youngster continuing his fine Bundesliga form

Havertz’ current Chelsea stats are even backed up by his figures for former club Bayer Leverkusen. He netted 46 goals in his 150 games for the German club. He also added 31 assists.

While most of his goals for the club came from attacking midfield, his conversion rate while playing as a centre-forward stands out from the crowd.

Havertz managed 20 goals and 21 assists from attacking midfield. And he managed 16 goals and seven assists in right-wing, a position he is yet to feature in for Chelsea. Those totals came from 82 and 32 matches respectively.

The youngster even played in central midfield for Leverkusen. There, he netted two times in 18 matches.

As a centre forward, however, Havertz hit eight goals in nine matches. The German may have a preference, but the statistics show that one position stands out from the rest.

Statistics aside, Chelsea have a real talent on their hands. Along with his goalscoring and goal creating abilities, he’s also very versatile. Such traits don’t come along very often in the modern hame.

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Peter Lynch

Sports Journalism graduate from the University of Stirling, huge Liverpool and Northern Ireland fan, currently working as a freelancer.

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