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Opinion: Why Bayern Munich must do all it takes to sign Kai Havertz

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He’s young, he’s German and he’s ENORMOUSLY talented. Havertz and Bayern seem like a match made in heaven.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen v AEK Larnaca - UEFA Europa League - Group A
Kai Havertz terrorizes the AEK Larnaca defence.
Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images

Rumors linking Bayer Leverkusen phenom Kai Havertz to Bayern emerged earlier this month, and it is safe to say that a majority, if not every single Bayern Munich fan, would be filled with excitement at the possibility. The 19-year old from Aachen, Germany has been attracting European heavyweights with his impressive performances, having notched a spectacular nine goals and six assists in just 25 appearances across all competitions this season.

Here are a few reasons why Bayern should sign him in the summer at the latest, with a reported price tag of around €65 million:

Fits into the Bayern philosophy perfectly

It is no secret that both Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness and chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge favor the signing of young and upcoming German talent, with the vision of an ‘FC Deutschland’ in a future Bayern consisting of a crop of young German players who will form the core of Die Mannschaft. The Bayern board simply cannot ignore the prospect of a player who ticks all those boxes and has the potential of becoming a world-beater. The fact that a large portion of the future German core already play for Bayern (Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka, Niklas Sule, Serge Gnabry, etc.) also makes a good case to sign Havertz and integrate him with his teammates. Havertz has already shown a great chemistry with such players, as seen in his starts for Germany against Russia and Peru.

Can slot seamlessly into Bayern’s attack

With rumors constantly circulating about James Rodriguez and his desire to leave Bayern due to lack of game time and with Thomas Muller about to turn 30, it would seem sensible to sign a youngster who would man the “10” for future years. Standing tall at 6’2” with a wonderful vision for goal and great passing ability, Havertz is the perfect man for the job.

Havertz is more like a combination of Muller and James, possessing the Colombian’s dribbling skills and craft, along with Muller’s “space interpretation” ability and nose for goal. Take Leverkusen’s 3-1 win over Hertha Berlin, for instance. Havertz punished the opposing goalkeeper’s mistake with a great sense of awareness simply by being at the right place at the right time in typical Muller fashion. His second goal was just pure class, with a deft first touch and a delightful chip over the helpless goalkeeper.

Havertz plays mostly at the CAM position, but has also shown great promise in the wing position where he often drifts to offer support to teammates. He has clocked the second fastest top speed in the Bundesliga this season - a blistering 35.2 km/h, second to only Dortmund’s Achraf Hakimi. This enables him to obtain the ball and make darting runs from deep or from wider positions to get into good offensive situations, similar to Marco Reus. Kovac’s system employs a high press and relies on quick counters, so Havertz right in the middle of all the action generating counters at will would be a sight to behold.

The potential to be a world-beater

Havertz will only get better. A Fritz Walter U-19 Gold medal winner, and the youngest player to make a debut in the Bundesliga, his sights are set high, and there is no bar over his development, considering he is only 19. According to Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voller, “Kai has exceptional abilities and is already blessed with a footballing maturity that sets him apart from other players of his age.”

Bayern has been investing in youth for some time now, but this is a player who has already proven that he can deliver at the highest level, even while playing in a lackluster to “decent-at-best” Leverkusen side. Couple him with all the attacking talent at Bayern, and we will see a lot of goals.

Here is a short video compilation of some of his great skill moves and goals:

Getting Havertz to join Bayern certainly won’t be easy, with his reported price tag and Voller’s reluctance to sell him. The fact that this is Bayern in the hunt won’t make matters easy, with Voller’s hatred for Bayern and reluctance to strengthen league rivals. But if there is any Bundesliga club that can acquire his services, it would be Bayern. We can definitely count on Kimmich and company to help us with the process; i.e. persuading him to join us at the earliest.

Poll

Would you like to see Havertz at Bayern?

This poll is closed

  • 86%
    Yes! BRING HIM IN NOW!!!
    (875 votes)
  • 11%
    Nah, let’s wait on him. Could turn out to be like Renato Sanches.
    (119 votes)
  • 1%
    Nah, he isn’t Bayern quality.
    (12 votes)
1006 votes total Vote Now