Bayer Leverkusen manager Peter Bosz has openly revealed that his former player Kai Havertz has been playing too deep while at Chelsea.
The 21-year-old joined Chelsea from Bayer Leverkusen for a fee reported by The Athletic to be around £62million.
However, the midfielder has failed to impress since completing his big money transfer.
His former boss at Leverkusen Peter Bosz has now said in a recent interview that Kai Havertz has been playing deeper than how he usually played at the German club.
He further added that fellow teammate Hakim Ziyech inclusion in Chelsea’s playing squad is also a factor causing Kai to play deeper.
While speaking to Voetbal International, he said:
“Havertz’s greatest quality lies in the opponent’s box,” Peter Bosz said.
“There he has to come to score goals. At Chelsea, he now also plays further back, because Hakim Ziyech pushes him away. Then Havertz does not get enough into the penalty area.
“We played an attacking 3-4-3 with two 10s and a square in midfield. Against the ball, I let Havertz swerve to the right.” He continued
“Against the ball is not his greatest quality, but opponents did not dare to let him stand. If his direct opponent comes up, their central defender will be in a one-on-one with Havertz if he loses the ball.
“These are often not the fastest players. So the up-and-coming back is automatically called off.” Bosz concluded.
At just 21 years of age, it is safe to say Havertz is still in a very early stage of his career and has lots of time to improve.