Havertz is at his finest in a front three, whether playing centrally or towards the right. Similarly to Roberto Firmino, he prioritises withdrawing towards possession and receiving to feet, or drifting towards the ball to create an extra man during build-up phases while a teammate attempts to advance beyond the opposing defenders to create spaces in which Havertz can receive.
If he is isolated and preparing to attack a defender one-on-one, to create the spaces he relishes he will often make a run in behind and then change direction to receive to feet in time to turn and face that same defender before his movements can be fully adjusted to. Those movements also contribute to him linking play with his teammates, and being behind the ball as it advances towards the penalty area.
It is at that point that his lengthy strides ensure that he quickly makes up the necessary ground to arrive late into the area. He identifies spaces between the opposing defenders to move into, often undetected, while maintaining his momentum throughout his run and attacking the ball at speed (below). That those abilities are complemented by his stature making him a good target for direct play, and an aerial threat, makes him one of the Bundesliga’s most promising talents.
Yet if his actions contribute to his team retaining possession more often than it is lost, the frequency with which he withdraws into midfield demands that his technique when receiving possession and playing passes has to be of the highest standard, and it therefore still needs to develop. There remain occasions when passes are sent to a teammate’s feet when in front of them would have been preferable, and perhaps when he plays to a teammate’s weaker foot. He may be continuing to improve, but these traits will have to improve further before he can expect to regularly start for Germany; Serge Gnabry, Julian Brandt, Werner and Leon Goretzka represent intense competition for selection.