Ally McCoist has suggested that Kai Havertz may have been playing in the wrong position fairly often for Chelsea.
The 23-year-old attacker scored a stunning winning goal in Chelsea’s 2-1 away win against Red Bull Salzburg on Tuesday, which secured top spot in Group E of the Champions League.
He fired in his third goal of the season with a left-footed strike from outside the box that rocketed into the top corner. Blues head coach, Graham Potter, was left blown away by the quality of the goal.
Potter has shown a lot of flexibility in his systems so far, opting for a 3-1-4-2 in this week’s victory over Salzburg, which partnered Havertz in attack next to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
It sounds like talkSPORT pundit McCoist isn’t too convinced by Havertz operating as a solo striker in a false-nine position, something he’s done during various parts of his Blues career.
However, the Germany international does look more of a threat when he’s got a forward next to him, allowing him to be a lot freer in his movement across the pitch.
When discussing Havertz’s goal against Salzburg on talkSPORT, McCoist said: “I think that is Havertz, I think he’s capable of that, he’s capable of absolute brilliance. I don’t know [why he doesn’t do it more often]. That kind of level of consistency.
“To be fair to him he’s been playing through the middle at times before [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang came and I’m not sure he’s that position. He won them the Champions League, he chips in with very important goals, but I’d like to see a little bit more.”
It’s hard to keep track of Havertz’s role when you see him as a No.10, No.9 or even on the wing.
You’d like to think there can now be a bit more consistency in his game moving forward, but Potter is already proving a shrewd tactician that moves his players around frequently.
It’s always been hard to pin down the German’s most effective role since he joined from Bayer Leverkusen in 2020, but this third season in Chelsea colours now needs to be the need he is more consistent with his attacking output.
For certain, he’s got the individual ability to play a massive role in the starting XI if he can get his shooting boots on.