Kai Havertz is expected to play a leading role for former Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick with Germany in the coming months.
Flick, of course, wanted to bring Havertz to Bavaria, but it did not work out at the time. Now, the sextuple-winning coach is getting the opportunity to coach Havertz, who might be taking his game to another level under Chelsea FC manager Thomas Tuchel.
In a recent interview with British Gambler, former Chelsea man Pat Nevin detailed why he thinks Havertz and a few other Chelsea players are making great progress under Tuchel.
“Tuchel was adapting the system in pre-season in an unusual way, you can see he wants to switch between that front three and having two strikers on the pitch. It’s a big difference in system and he can adapt personnel throughout the season, there’s been times where one of the center-backs steps into midfield,” Nevin said. “If he had a full pre-season with the whole squad, he could get some amazing ideas across which look really complex. Tuchel likes to take certain players as a project, and he looks to improve them as individuals. He has to find out about the whole squad, and he will start to take certain players as a project and look to make them better.”
But who specifically is Tuchel impacting? Havertz is one player per Nevin.
“(N’Golo) Kante, (Christian) Pulisic and Havertz are just a few examples of players that Tuchel has improved already,” Nevin said. “It’s a squad stacked with talent and although Chelsea might not have been the favorites at the start of the season, signing (Romelu) Lukaku could well have changed that with the impact he’ll have. It will be an exciting season for Chelsea, and I believe the players absolutely love working for him and will all improve significantly.”
We should get a good look at Havertz — and his improved game — later today as Germany prepares to face Liechtenstein.