Thomas Tuchel has explained his view on Kai Havertz’s best position as the club-record signing looks to secure a regular place in the Chelsea side.
Havertz has endured a difficult debut season in the Premier League following his £72m move from Bayer Leverkusen last summer, a combination of injury and illness having hindered his ability to make an impression.
The Germany international has scored just once in the Premier League so far this season, but after returning to the starting side last weekend starred in Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Everton at Stamford Bridge.
The 21-year-old featured in a false nine position as the lead line of the west Londoner’s attack, with the summer signing involved in both goals as Chelsea strengthened their position in the top four.
Havertz has featured in a number of roles since moving to the club including in midfield and wide on the right, though Tuchel has revealed his desire for the German to play predominantly in an advanced central role.
“In my opinion his best position is between the nine and the 10 and have the freedom to drop and move fluid between the two positions.” Tuchel said at his pre-match press conference ahead of this weekend’s clash with Leeds.
“I like to have him in high positions, I don’t want to have him behind the ball and he feel comfortable in between the lines and in narrow pockets.”