With the addition of Kai Havertz to the Chelsea midfield, it means the Blues have a lot of depth. With many different possibilities, we take a look at how Chelsea could fit new signing Kai Havertz and hot prospect Mason Mount into the same midfield.
Let’s start by analysing how both of them play. The first main feature of the two is that are both attacking midfielders both playing the #8 role which means going forward a lot during the game. Mount has continually demonstrated his versatility as has Havertz, but playing them both in midfield could be a stroke of genius from Frank Lampard.
The German midfielder is the newest edition to Frank Lampard’s Chelsea team. Havertz is a tall and elegant footballer with dazzling technical ability, as well as excellent football knowledge and great tactical awareness.
Not only is he an elite player technically, he is also consistent, disciplined, and rarely injured. Coming from Bundesliga side Bayern Leverkusen, the German midfielder hit 12 goals and 6 assist in 30 Bundesliga games last season. He also scored 4 along with 2 assists in 5 Europa League games. Kai has managed an average rating of 7.32 across all games this season which is very impressive when you compare it to the 6.21 of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, 6.72 of Ross Barkley and 6.35 of Jorginho. Clearly, he steps right into Chelsea’s first team, whether it be in central midfield, attacking midfield or on the right of a front 3. Havertz superb dribbling and ability to bring the ball out from midfield makes him vital for this Chelsea teams in terms of transitioning from defence to attack.
After a very promising first season for the Cobham graduate, he has perfectly stated his case for game time next season. He may not have as much game time this season, having played 53 times for the Blues this season, he will still be an important figure in this new Chelsea team.
Last season Mount played 37 times in the premier league, gaining 7 goals and 6 assists which despite not having as many G/A as Kai Havertz, still shows he has been productive over the season. His strengths are his key passing, crossing and direct free kicks as well as his intense pressing. Although he is somewhat weak in defensive areas, in England’s nations league game against Denmark , he was heavily praised by manager Gareth Southgate for his defensive work rate. Mason has played in attacking midfield 30 times, central midfield 11 times and on either wings 9 times which shows how versatile, just like Kai Havertz, the Englishman is. He has also obtained an overall rating of 7.13 across all games this season which was one of the highest in the Chelsea team during the 2019/20 season.
How could the two feature together?
It would all depend on the type of game that Chelsea find themselves in when it comes to playing both Kai Havertz and Mason Mount in the Chelsea team together. Ideally, it would be against a team who are lower down in the league, as we have seen many times this season to try a low block and defend for 90% of the game before hitting a breakaway and winning the game. Examples of this during the 2019/20 season would be the 1-1 draw with Brighton, the 1-0 loss to West Ham and the 2-0 loss to Southampton. In these games Chelsea have failed to break down the oppositions defence and suffered as a result.
To solve this, the Blues could deploy two attacking midfielders in a midfield 3 in Mason Mount and Kai Havertz, with either Mateo Kovacic or N’golo Kante in defensive midfield. This would allow for a lot more going forward and a mix of the creativity of Kai Havertz and the energy and work rate of Mason Mount would make it a lot easier for the Blues to break down teams at the lower end of the table.
Whoever Frank Lampard decides to deploy in his Chelsea midfield, it will be a very exciting season and will be interesting to see how Frank Lampard decided to work in: N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, Mason Mount, Kai Havertz, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Jorginho, Ross Barkley and Billy Gilmour.
Written by Ben @CarefreeCFC20
Edited by Jai Mcintosh @jjmcintosh5