Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel considers unleashing Kai Havertz in new role

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Thomas Tuchel has hinted that he’s ready to unleash Kai Havertz in a new role in order to kickstart his Chelsea career, following an underwhelming first season at the club. The German international has struggled to adjust to life in the Premier League since completing his £72million switch from Bayer Leverkusen last summer and Tuchel is keen to fix that.

So far, Havertz has found himself on the fringes of his compatriot’s team selections.

Meanwhile, Timo Werner has been given a free run in the side to play his way into form.

However, competition for places in attacking midfield is tough and Havertz is yet to receive regular game time, something he desperately needs in order to build some momentum.

The Chelsea hierarchy are keen for Havertz to prove exactly why the club broke the bank to sign him.

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And now Tuchel has hinted that we could see Havertz in a false-nine role in the near future.

“He is a unique player,” Tuchel said. “It’s not so clear where he needs to settle, does he need to settle on one special position? Or is he kind of a hybrid player?

“Today, I would say he’s in between a nine and a 10, something in between.”

It’s a position that brought the best from Havertz during his time at Bayer Leverkusen, where he became the main man as a teenager.

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Tuchel is under no illusions that Havertz has the qualities to become a major success in west London.

“He’s very comfortable in the box, he’s very comfortable in high positions,” he added.

“He’s very good in offensive headers, he has good timing to arrive in the box.

“Kai’s a good finisher, has good composure in the box, around the box. He’s is also very comfortable in high positions so between nine and 10.”

Havertz’s former Leverkusen boss Peter Boss criticised Frank Lampard’s use of the German international before his departure.

“As for Kai, I can see why Chelsea brought him in but I cannot yet see the exact idea Frank Lampard has for him,” Boss told The Athletic.

“It’s really good that he protects him in the press, though. But in the end, you must deliver, you must score goals and make goals.

“For a €100 million transfer you must play, and he isn’t.”

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