Kai Havertz has been likened to Mesut Ozil by Raphael Honigstein
Kai Havertz, Jadon Sancho and Timo Werner are three of the hottest prospects in Europe and could all be on the move this summer. Here German football expert Raphael Honigstein tells the Transfer Talk podcast where they could be headed and what to expect…
Kai Havertz, Bayer Leverkusen (aged 20)
Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz, who has seven caps for Germany, predominantly plays through the middle as a No 10 or second striker, but can also be used out wide.
Last season, the 20-year-old scored 20 goals and registered seven assists for Leverkusen but has struggled for form in front of goal this term, with just three goals and one assist.
Havertz’s dip in form could partly be down to his age, being played in a more removed role by coach Peter Bosz this year and the departure of Julian Brandt to Borussia Dortmund in the summer, says Honigstein.
Havertz is reportedly attracting interest from Man United and Chelsea
“Kai Havertz is in high demand because he is widely seen as the next big thing in German football,” said Honigstein, speaking on the latest episode of the Transfer Talk podcast.
“There’s nothing to suggest that any of the attention that has been with him for the last year or so is going to go away because the fundamentals are all still there.
“I think the stats kind of hide some of the other good stuff that he does that might not come out in tangible results as far as goals and assists are concerned this season.
“He still does a tremendous amount of passing in the build-up plus his movement and his link up play, all of these things haven’t…