Chelsea fans were so excited to see their new man Kai Havertz in action that they weren’t too bothered about where exactly he played.
In the end, the Blues played a slightly odd 4 2 2 2 formation, which saw the German midfielder slightly lost out on the right wing.
That was likely a product of the players available to Frank Lampard for Monday night’s opening game, and we likely won’t see repeated too often.
Kai Haverz says "my best position is as a number 10", and "it was a dream of mine to play in England". That dream has "come true early".
— Will Faulks (@willfaulks) September 17, 2020
In his first press conference at the club, which took place just now, live on the club’s 5th Stand app, the former Bayer Leverkusen midfielder revealed without hesitation that his “best position is as a number 10”.
There’s not much room for debate there, and it works nicely. His height and aerial ability make him a real threat in the opposition box, so playing him centrally makes more sense than out wide, and his technical skill and eye for goal are also best deployed as far forward as possible.
Once Christian Pulisic is back in action on the right, we’re sure Havertz is going to slot right into his favoured role.