Being an Arsenal fan for nearly two decades has its benefits. You learn to pick up the positives from when there is so much negativity. You learn to see where there is a potential source of light when all around you is darkness. You learn to appreciate that things get better eventually, and of course, the several trophies along the way. But this is not about Arsenal.
The season has started in the worst possible way for Die Werkself as they have zero points from two matches. In both matches, the team lost after missing out on a multitude of golden chances to kill off the opponents. Against Borussia Monchengladbach in the season opener, he attempted fifty one passes and completed all of them. Against Wolfsburg, he completed 92 percent of his attempted passes and had 100 percent accuracy with his long balls. Despite starting his career as a right winger, Havertz has been deployed mostly as a central attacking midfielder for Leverkusen. Due to injury crisis at Leverkusen, he has been used in a deeper midfield role as a defensive midfielder in the first two matches and despite the poor results, he has thrived. He won 11 duels against Wolfsburg and lost only 3. He has shown that he does not just have a wide passing range but is also very adaptable and can thrive anywhere in midfield. He has also been used as a striker…. Perhaps his coaches think his height is ideal for a center forward but this has not been done with much success. Regardless, he does boast a good return in front of goal with 8 goals and fifteen assists (13 in the Bundesliga) from sixty five matches. He was the youngest player to reach fifty Bundesliga appearances (one of the most beautiful things about Bundesliga but this is a discussion for another day). Kai offers Leverkusen everything they need at the heart of midfield and offers a source of hope for the near future for the young Werkself team.
It is hard not to admire the adaptability by Kai Havertz
Kai recently got a call up to the German national team, another team that finds itself rather surprisingly in desperate need of a silver lining. The controversy surrounding the team’s early exit from the World Cup and the reaction to racism claims has put the light out on a rather good team. Germany’s new number 10 Julian Brandt, also a Bayer Leverkusen player, was probably the only positive at the World Cup. His jersey number 20 has been handed to his new teammate at international football Kai Havertz. The young lad has confessed to be a Mesut Ozil fan and it is only a matter of time before he is just as good. His range of qualities offers him the chance to thrive anywhere in a midfield for any team that is interested in playing actual football.
Excitement by Bayer Leverkusen over Kai Havertz call up to the national team
Kai Havertz has been described as a Mesut Ozil and Toni Kroos hybrid. He possesses the best skills from both players. He has the vision for the pass, the ability to score the goal and as he has shown recently, he has an eye for the pass. The graphic below shows how excellent his passing ability is.
Havertz is left footed but he is just as good on his right foot. The midfielder is not just skilled and talented but his physical build allows for other alternatives. He was often a target for Bernd Leno’s goal kicks when the team felt the need to forego the buildup phase thus offering an excellent option to catch opponents’ defenses off-guard. His height also makes him a menace to deal with aerially and offers something different from most attacking midfielders who are generally diminutive.
Coach Heiko Herrlich on Havertz: “Kai Havertz is the biggest talent I’ve seen since Toni Kroos. I thought before the World Cup such a player could have helped the team and learned something. But I think the national team coach knows exactly what to do and who to call up.”
The future is bright for Bayer Leverkusen with a core of strong young players and for the moment, it is the best place for Kai Havertz to grow and develop. The German call up means that his talent has been recognized. This is massive in a team where there are way too many options for the position he plays. Leverkusen and Die Mannschaft have found the silver lining and things can only get better with Kai Havertz in your team.