Chelsea manager Graham Potter has praised “unconventional” number nine Kai Havertz who played a pivotal role in the 2-0 win over Bournemouth on Tuesday.
After being without a goal in November, Havertz marked his Chelsea return impressively with a goal and an assist.
The 23-year-old started in the number nine position ahead of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with Christian Pulisic and Raheem Pulisic playing wide in a 4-3-3 formation.
It is safe to say that the system worked consider Chelsea, who have been criticised for their lack of chances, were actually unlucky not to have scored more.
So is this Havertz’s best position? This has always been the question about him, hasn’t it?
He is often considered not strong enough to play as a target man. He also prefers to make runs into the box rather than being a playmaker in the team.
Havertz himself previously said he did not really mind playing in any attacking position, and Potter pointed out that this is also what makes the Germany international very tricky to defend against.
“He can drop in, he’s very fluid and hard to mark,” the manager told Chelsea TV when asked what Havertz offers as a number nine after the Bournemouth win.
“He’s not conventional, but at the same time, he can still arrive in the box and score.
“So it’s a nice quality to have.”
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