Find out all you need to know about Kai Havertz with this talkSPORT scout report
Friday, November 10, 2017
Liverpool have welcomed Kai Havertz to their Melwood training ground as they look to get ahead of the competition in the race to sign the 18-year-old. Find out all you need to know about Havertz with this talkSPORT scout report.
Full name: Kai Havertz
Date of birth: 11 June 1999 (age 18)
Place of birth: Aachen, Germany
Team: Bayer Leverkusen (32 apps/4 goals)
National team: Germany Under-19s (5 apps/6 goals)
Who is he?
Kai Haverts is an 18-year-old midfielder who plays for Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen. He started his career with Alemannia Aachen before joining Leverkusen at the age of 11 in 2010. Six years later he broke into Bayer’s first-team, becoming their youngest ever Bundesliga debutant when he was introduced as a second-half substitute for Charles Aranguiz in a 2-1 defeat to Werder Bremen on October 15, 2016. He was handed his first Champions League start on February 21, 2017, and ended the 2016-17 campaign with four goals and six assists in 28 games in all competitions.
What they say:
Bayer Leverkusen sporting director, and former Germany striker, Rudi Voller: “He has huge potential, which will come to the fore even more in the coming years.”
Bayer Leverkusen captain Lars Bender: “I've never seen such a complete player at the age of 17.”
Able to play anywhere in midfield – and even deputise in attack – the view is that Havertz will develop into a playmaker in the long-term. He has earned comparisons with Mesut Ozil, Arsenal’s Germany international, while the official Bundesliga website referred to Havertz as the ‘next Michael Ballack’. He certainly has the physicality and powerful shot on him that emulate Ballack, though his overall game is more similar to Ozil’s. He has earned praise for his vision and creative passing in the final third, and has proven himself to be surprisingly clever when in possession. Rather than attempting to thread risky balls through to teammates, he would prefer to wait for the perfect opportunity to create a clear goalscoring chance.
Areas to improve:
Surprisingly, and unlike many other young players, Havertz has no glaring weaknesses. His defensive work is not that great, though as the plan is to see him develop into a number 10, it is not too much of a worry. Havertz just needs to ensure he continues to evolve all areas of his game, and keep up his consistent attacking output. He has already suffered something of a downturn in form this season, and will want to return to the performance levels he was putting in last term relatively soon.