Manchester United’s interest in Kai Havertz has stepped up over the past week.
We looked last week at the type of ways Havertz would fit into United’s XI, and squad, and the different roles he can play.
But what about the player himself, as an individual? How good is he and how good can he become?
One of the first things you notice about Havertz is his combination of stature and deft touch on the ball.
The German international is built like a target man, yet he has the grace and finesse of a diminutive playmaker.
It is a rare combination and it makes Havertz intriguing to watch. He is one of those players who you never know what they are going to do next, in a good way.
Since he broke into the Bayer Leverkusen team at just 17-years-old, Havertz has featured as an attacking midfielder, and this has helped him develop his creative qualities.
Many of his early goals were scored as he arrived late in the box, reminiscent of a peak Paul Scholes during his United glory years.
Havertz is also deceptively quick. He is able to play on the counter attack, and would suit Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s style for this reason.
Havertz often sees what others don’t. When the ball drops to him, rather than attempt to lash the ball into the net like 95 per cent of players, he will find another way to get the ball into the goal.
He specialises in being able to flick, chip, or guide the ball into the net, often leaving the goalkeeper looking silly.
Over the past 12 months he has taken up a more forward role in Bayer Leverkusen’s team, and he is relishing the responsibility of at times playing as a centre-forward.
He still has the neat touches and clever flicks, and he is capable of scoring goals others can’t.
When featuring as a striker he can remind you a little of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, due to the combination of his height and lanky frame, and his deft touches and smart shots which outwit the opposition.
United would be signing a player capable of scoring goal of the season contenders, and making Old Trafford collectively gasp at what they have just seen.
Havertz is still developing as a player, and he can be anything he wants to be. His coach even compared him to Zinedine Zidane last week.
If United can manage to sign him, then we have a lot to look forward to. He is able to play multiple roles, and wherever he plays, he has the ability to stand out as the best player on the pitch.
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