Name: Kai Havertz
Current Club: Bayer Leverkusen
Previous Clubs: Alemannia Aachen
The Stats: Whilst still only 20 years of age, Havertz has been playing first team football for a few years now and is becoming the linchpin of the Leverkusen midfield. This season, his stats are looking strong as he has chipped in with 6 goals and 5 assists, while also keeping a passing accuracy of 89%. He is a real work horse on the right side of midfield and has started 22 games this season, playing an average of 85 minutes whenever he appears.
Why Is He One To Watch?: Havertz’s attacking creativity shows a maturity well beyond his years, as his range of passing can often create real problems in the heart of opposition defences. It’s really very tough to pick out a weakness in his game, as he works hard and contributes his part whenever he’s on the pitch and, being still only 20, he is a player who could grow into one of Germany’s strongest and, should he be able to avoid injury, could feature for the national team for many years to come.
Rumoured Transfers: When one is seen as such a young starlet, it is natural that the rumour mill will start linking you up with a who’s who of clubs across Europe. One of the many clubs that Kai has been linked with is Chelsea, known for their use of young starters since the arrival of Frank Lampard as gaffer. However, Ballack has been in the news of late, seemingly cooling the rumours of a move there, as he thinks Kai will benefit from staying in the Bundesliga.
Of course, any young German prospect will naturally also be linked with going to giants Bayern Munich, however, the current rumour is that they are focusing their efforts on pushing through a deal for Leroy Sane, which brings Manchester United and Liverpool into the equation. So, watch this space, as this has transfer saga written all over it!
Upcoming Opponents: You will first be able to see Havertz in competition in the final match of the first weekend of the Bundesliga’s return, as Leverkusen face off against Werder Bremen away, before they are again away, this time to Borussia Moenchengladbach in an important clash in the race for the German top 4. Finally, Leverkusen will then play a home game against Wolfsburg, where Havertz has a real chance to showcase what he can really do.