Kai Havertz: Profile of Germany and Europe's biggest talent

Kai Havertz has been dominating the Bundesliga for 2 seasons now. At just 19 years of age, the young German is one of Europe’s most sought after prospects. Figures of £100 million are being quoted, a testament to how highly he’s regarded. Bayer Leverkusen won’t sell easily considering the sheer number of clubs interested.

BILD (link via Empire of the Kop) are reporting that Liverpool have held concrete talks with the German club over Havertz. This is amid reported interest from the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham and Chelsea. Even more good news for the red of Merseyside after securing Takumi Minamino yesterday.

Kai Havertz in action for Bayer Leverkusen

But why does the midfielder have so many admirers? We’ll give you a rundown of one of the best young players on the continent:

Kai Havertz – Style of Play

Aged 17, he made his debut for Leverkusen, and in the same season, he appeared in the Champions League. Crikey, imagine what you were doing at 17. Scary, right? Nothing seems to faze the German youngster. Now one of the key players in Peter Bosz’s team, his importance cannot be understated.

Playing in the hybrid 10/8 role that Peter Bosz gave Brandt and Kai, he was able to do what he did best – arriving late with smart runs and finishing off clinically. He has previously operated in a traditional 10 role, and then also out on the right wing. Experience that could be vital in the progression of his football IQ at such a young age.

Havertz is so similar to a prime Mesut Ozil, who of course also burst onto the scene at Leverkusen. That same left footed lanky frame with mesmerising technical ability. The way he reads the game and produces inch perfect passes, it’s the signs of special player. But unlike the world cup winner, Havertz is able to hold up the ball better and works harder.

His tally from last season of 17 goals and 3 assists helped the team on the Eastern side of the Rhine river to Champions League football. An average WhoScored rating of 7.25 and 87% pass completion highlights that Havertz was producing high-level football last season. Once again, I would like to emphasise his age – 19 throughout last season’s Bundesliga campaign.

A wanted man

Alleskönner – A player who can do everything

What Havertz is known in Germany as

Kai Havertz is a special talent in today’s game. Perhaps £100 million is a bit too much off the back of one great season. I don’t see a move happening in January, but perhaps in the summer. What a signing he would be for any Premier League club.

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