With the domestic fortunes of each top-six clubs almost decided in the Premier League, most clubs would have started preparing for the summer transfer window already. Arsenal are amongst the first clubs to formulate their plans for the summer as the squad is in serious need of reinforcements, especially in the middle of the park. And right on cue, Bundesliga starlet Kai Havertz has been linked with a move to the Emirates come this summer.
Initially, Liverpool were expected to be leading the race to sign Havertz but Arsenal have overtaken them to become the frontrunners in the chase.
Havertz and his style and stats:
The Bayer Leverkusen youngster has made waves in the Bundesliga and his talent hasn’t gone unnoticed this season. Capable of playing in any midfield position, Havertz has been moved around quite a bit on the field. However, primarily, he has been used as a central midfielder. His neat footwork, as well as his close control and a silky first touch, allows him to have better control in cramped spaces. Havertz is quite athletic and is a willing worker. He can spray the ball from the midfield and can play one touch on the move, as visible from his performances.
Havertz’s movement and running off the ball is essential too, as he can operate between the lines and create space for the forwards. He has been used judiciously by the Bundesliga club as he has started 17 games and came on as a substitute in 7 other matches. Havertz has already scored twice and assisted six times in the league, and looks set to be a crucial figure in the team, provided he is not lured away by the Gunners.
Should Arsenal make a move?
The 18-year old seems to be a good buy, as the lad is young but possesses the talent to adapt to any given position in the midfield. His ability to carry the ball ahead as well as recycle possession is something that can help Arsenal a lot. Jack Wilshere looks destined to make a move out this summer and Arsenal will need to replace him effectively as such.
Havertz can be developed to become a top player in the future, but will a young German lad agree to move out of his country at this age? This answer might remain unanswered unless Havertz takes a call on his future(!) Until then, it should be noted that Gunners should, and would eventually try their best to bring on board one of the blossoming English youngsters.
Stats Courtesy: Whoscored