Scout Report – Kai Havertz
Bayern Leverkusen’s teenage midfield sensation Kai Havertz is being linked with a move to Liverpool after he reportedly made a visit to the club’s training ground last month. A January transfer could be on the cards, even though Havertz signed a new five-year deal at the BayArena in July. That would certainly protect his value and the German club will be keen on seeking a hefty price from the Merseyside.
The 18-year-old has been in fine form this season, assisting 3 goals in just 5 starts, while also netting 4 times for Germany’s U-19s in a match which had Liverpool scouts in attendance.
Let’s take a closer look at his profile.
Born in 1999, Kai Havertz joined Bayer Leverkusen in 2010 and worked his way through the club’s academy. He helped the club’s U-17 side win the Bundesliga title with 19 goals in the 2015-16 season. Since then, the youngster took a short-cut into the senior team after impressing then-head coach Rogers Schmidt.
Only a few months later, Havertz became the youngest ever player to wear the Bayer jersey – and there has been no stopping him ever since. He went on to make his Champions League debut only a few days later when he came on as a late substitute in a 1-0 win for Bayer against Tottenham at the Wembley Stadium.
Havertz is essentially an attacker but he can also play much deeper. The youngster can play on the wing and is a versatile attacking threat. However, much like other players of his age, Havertz has not yet settled into a position.
Watching him play, it does seem like the young German likes to orchestrate moves in the final third. He has the technique and the vision to do it. Despite being so young, his runs are well-timed and incisive, and the player has a mature reading of the game. Adept at controlling the ball and maintaining possession, Havertz is truly splendid to watch.
He might be just 18, but Havertz has already played on the biggest stage in club football. With three Champions League appearances to his name last season, Havertz won’t play European football this term as Leverkusen only just survived a relegation fight.
At Liverpool, however, he will receive the opportunity to do so. Not to mention, the player will also get better exposure if he makes the switch to the Merseyside club. He is young and is far from being a finished product, which is likely to make this chance quite exciting for Havertz since he could benefit under Klopp’s watchful eye.