Kai Havertz is the latest widely admired young Germany international whose reputation continues to grow. That, like Timo Werner, he has chosen to join Chelsea is essentially little surprise given their transfer policy is increasingly focused on recruiting promising, younger players, and the comparisons that have already been made with Mesut Özil and Michael Ballack, a title winner at Stamford Bridge.
“Kai (Havertz) is a special player,” said Peter Bosz, until recently his manager at Bayer Leverkusen and once so influential in the nurturing of so many of Ajax’s exciting players. Owen Hargreaves, who by playing at Bayern Munich featured alongside Ballack in midfield, said: “All eyes are on (Erling Braut) Haaland and (Jadon) Sancho but Kai Havertz is the one from a German perspective. He is special and he is like a hybrid of Michael Ballack and Mesut Özil. That says a lot in terms of his goals and elegance.”