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Sport Abramovich pushed for Havertz deal and he is FINALLY flourishing

02:05  12 april  2021
02:05  12 april  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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CHELSEA owner Roman Abramovich reportedly took control in the transfer deal to bring Kai Havertz to Stamford Bridge. The 21-year-old joined from Bayer Leverkusen on a five-year deal on Friday in a move believed to be worth in the region of £70million. And according to the Express, Abramovich took the wheel instead of boss Frank Lampard in conducting business as he pushed to sign Havertz . ⚽ Read our Chelsea live blog for the very latest news from the Bridge. They claim that the Russian billionaire and the Blues board were desperate to secure the signing of the German playmaker this

Chelsea’s board and owner Roman Abramovich have been driving the Blues’ pursuit of Kai Havertz instead of manager Frank Lampard, according to reports. The Bayer Leverkusen star is set to rubber-stamp his move to west London this week. And he ’ll become their sixth signing of the transfer window in the process. And Real Madrid were also once in the frame but, because of the coronavirus crisis, are ruling out big-money signings this summer. It’s claimed that Chelsea’s board believe Havertz ’s talent and value is significant, making him worth the punt. Think you know football?

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There is a view held by some in his native Germany who have followed his career closely that Kai Havertz has all the potential to eventually become one of the best players in the world.

There have also been suggestions that he was effectively bought for Chelsea as a gift from Roman Abramovich.

That, beyond sanctioning the deal that could reach a club record £85m, this was one of those Chelsea transfers the owner had extra involvement in, Abramovich wanting him in Blue as much as anyone else involved in the signing process. In some cases maybe more.

a man with a football ball on a field: Some believe Kai Havertz has all the potential to become one of the best players in the world © Provided by Daily Mail Some believe Kai Havertz has all the potential to become one of the best players in the world

Of course, few managers would not want to work with a player with Havertz’s reputation given the opportunity.

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Though how much of his debut season has unfolded has only added credence to the theory that getting Havertz through the door was the priority. Working out where he fitted in could come later.

Frank Lampard was unable to find the solution, deploying Havertz in numerous positions – right wing, as a slightly deeper right-sided midfielder, attacking midfielder, in central midfield and also through the middle.

Roman Abramovich standing in front of a window: There have also been suggestions that he was bought as a gift by Roman Abramovich © Provided by Daily Mail There have also been suggestions that he was bought as a gift by Roman Abramovich Frank Lampard sitting at a table posing for the camera: Chelsea made the decision to Havertz before figuring out where he would fit in the team © Provided by Daily Mail Chelsea made the decision to Havertz before figuring out where he would fit in the team

And Havertz hardly lived up to his billing or looked like much of a present to his manager then.

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In mitigation, he has been having to adapt to a new league, country and the higher demands at Chelsea this season.

‘He stepped clearly out of his comfort zone,’ head coach Thomas Tuchel said.

‘When you change the club from Bayer Leverkusen to Chelsea and the Premier League you absolutely want to challenge yourself.’

MATCH FACTS

CRYSTAL PALACE (4-4-2): Guaita 7.5; Ward 6, Kouyate 6, Cahill 6.5, Van Aanholt 6; Ayew 5.5, Milivojevic 5, Riedewald 5 (McCarthy 59min, 6), Eze 5.5 (Schlupp 59, 6); Zaha 5.5, Benteke 6.5

Subs not used: Butland, Dann, Townsend, Mateta, Mitchell, Kelly, Rak-Sakyi. Scorer: Benteke 63. Booked: Kouyate. Manager: Roy Hodgson 5

CHELSEA (3-4-3): Mendy 7; Azpilicueta 8, Zouma 8, Rudiger 8; Hudson-Odoi 8 (James 76), Jorginho 8 (Kante 61, 6), Kovacic 8.5 (Ziyech 83), Chilwell 8; Mount 9, Pulisic 9, HAVERTZ 9

Subs not used: Arrizabalaga, Alonso, Abraham, Werner, Giroud, Emerson. Scorers: Havertz 8, Pulisic 10, 78, Zouma 30. Manager: Thomas Tuchel 9.

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There is also a feeling among some at Chelsea that the bout of coronavirus Havertz suffered in November affected him even more than was expected while other fitness issues this season have also hampered his attempts to get in the best condition.

Lampard’s successor Tuchel though, now appears to have found an on-field role and way to start maximising Havertz’s talents which looks worth persisting with.

In fairness, Lampard did try Havertz as a false nine against Liverpool in September but had to abandon the experiment and sacrifice the German at half-time after Chelsea went down to ten men.


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It was not a plan he revisited.

But Tuchel, who has also used Havertz as an attacking midfielder, is beginning to get the sort of joy out of the 21 year-old as the roaming figure starting in the middle of his front three to suggest it could be sustainable.

Hugely influential in the position against Everton last month, Havertz was even better in this emphatic Chelsea win at Crystal Palace, scoring one and setting up another.

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Havertz’s contribution might have also have helped give Tuchel some food for thought when it comes to how best to structure his attack as a whole.

With his three recognised striker options left on the bench, Chelsea instead produced their best attacking display under Tuchel with the versatile Havertz, attacking midfielder Mason Mount and two-goal winger Christian Pulisic in a fluid front three.

Discussing Havertz as a player, person and why he does not need to be an ‘emotional leader’ for Chelsea, Tuchel said: ‘He’s simply not that guy that you will fully feel or see in rage.

Frank Lampard was unable to find the solution, deploying Havertz in numerous positions © Provided by Daily Mail Frank Lampard was unable to find the solution, deploying Havertz in numerous positions a man playing a game of football: Some say the bout of Covid-19 he suffered in November affected him more than was expected © Provided by Daily Mail Some say the bout of Covid-19 he suffered in November affected him more than was expected

‘Some guys you feel them they have to fight with the others to get a certain momentum. He is not the Diego Costa kind of guy.

‘I will never demand that he becomes this. Sometimes you cannot confuse his body language that he does not give everything. He is a very quiet character but he is very well aware of his quality.’

His attributes will see him perform the striker’s role very differently to traditional front man Costa too.

Rightly there was also some caution from Tuchel. Havertz could have scored four or five rather than just one against Palace and Tuchel admitted he needed to be more ruthless.

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He has had far less effective games as false nine too, like in Chelsea’s Champions League win against Porto last week.

With no disrespect meant, Tuchel also pointed out there are bigger tests for Havertz and his team, starting with Tuesday's second leg against Porto.

Tuchel added: ‘This is the way, how he can help the team and become an important player. If he can show this regularly and that he is involved in the games, he can show his quality on the pitch.’

Palace did not offer much resistance until the game was already beyond them but Roy Hodgson hit back at criticism of his 13th-placed team.

‘They’re the facile comments that are always made. Complacency, players already happy to have done that, in their armchairs, already thinking about the beach,’ the Crystal Palace manager said.

a group of people in uniform: However, Tuchel appears to be on to something with him and it could be worth persisting with © Provided by Daily Mail However, Tuchel appears to be on to something with him and it could be worth persisting with a football player on a field: Tuchel is getting the sort of joy out of Havertz as the central, roaming figure in his front three © Provided by Daily Mail Tuchel is getting the sort of joy out of Havertz as the central, roaming figure in his front three

‘There was no question, if you like, of armchairs or complacency in the second half.

‘Any worries about the final seven games? Of course. Now we’ve got the last seven games at least five teams who are in a similar category [to Chelsea], in the top five or six teams in the country.

‘So of course that’s concerning, but I can only hope that in the games to come people will see a lot more of the Crystal Palace that they saw in the second-half and a lot less of the Crystal Palace they saw in the first-half.’

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