With Chelsea now in the Champions League next season, the pursuit of Kai Havertz has intensified.
One thinks of the surge from Manchester United after the signing of Bruno Fernandes in the January transfer window; Kai Havertz can have a similar effect on Chelsea without question, perhaps even more profound for many, many years to come.
What once was an exercise in imagination at Stamford Bridge is quickly transforming into a Fantasy football club of sorts; the Kai Havertz signing will accompany the swoop for Timo Werner from RB Leipzig, along with Hakim Ziyech from the mighty Dutch outfit Ajax.
It is also rumored that Kepa Arrizabalaga is on his way out of Chelsea as well, whether by loan or transfer; Andre Onana of Ajax sits waiting as well for such an opportunity as well. With all of these moving parts for Chelsea, looking at the impact of these signings going into next season is simply too mouthwatering a chance not to take.
Chelsea: Kai Havertz, not even the Cherry on top?
Chelsea is rumored to be moving players as well, and well, they certainly need to with all of the moves they continue to make. Supposing we look at Chelsea after the Havertz and Onana transfers, how will they lineup? How will they fit all of these pieces into a shape and onto the pitch together?
The versatility is among the first things that pop out to you when analyzing the players Frank Lampard will have to play with moving forward. Timo Werner upfront is no question; this is simply the reason he was purchased by Roman Abramovich in the first place. Tammy Abraham will spell him or accompany him on match days in which two central men may become necessary.
The wings are an interesting place at Chelsea nowadays; this is especially true when one considers the options of midfield play as well. Christian Pulisic has turned on incredible form since the restart; it will be difficult to sit him, although options do absolutely exist now to spell him.
With Hudson Callum-Odoi a young, improving option from the academy, depth remains even should Willian depart; Hakim Ziyech can play centrally or on the wings, as can Kai Havertz.
Centrally we may very well expect to see Mason Mount and Kai Havertz on either side of N’golo Kante; this is an absolutely lethal combination, but having players like Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek available is beyond valuable. The sale of Jorginho feels inevitable, whether to Sarri at Juventus or elsewhere; his talent is simply excess at Chelsea at this stage. While both Mount and Havertz can play on the wings as well as inside, Frank Lampard sits with flexibility beyond his wildest dreams for the foreseeable future.
With these points understood, it’s hard to see Chelsea as anything other than a serious contender for the Premiership and Champions League; and this is only the start.
Kepa Arrizabalaga: A goner from Stamford Bridge
Kepa Arrizabalaga is not a bad goalkeeper; he is, however, the most expensive goalkeeper in the world. This title does a player no service unless you’re Virgil van Dijk; how could it? The expectations are hardly reasonable for most, no matter the expense; and yet Kepa has hardly done himself any favors either.
Ignoring his first Chelsea boss, Maurizio Sarri, as he attempted to sub backup Willy Caballero, earned him criticism across the world; he has fared little better under his second boss, the legendary Chelsea player Frank Lampard.
Willy Caballero has routinely featured for Chelsea, despite his advanced age; Chelsea have hardly looked to have suffered by doing so. As Kepa has sat watching, Chelsea have made him transferable by virtue of his role and lack of trust.
It may be difficult to net a return on the most expensive goalkeeper sitting in the stands, but any return will pad the warchest likely to nab Andre Onana as his long term replacement; can Chelsea be responsible for purchasing the two most expensive goaltenders int he world consecutively? It appears so.
Chelsea: Today the Premier League; tomorrow the World
The potential being grown and incubated at Stamford Bridge is beyond extraordinary to see; bringing in all of these incredibly talented players to accompany the youth that Frank Lampard has nurtured could easily create a very large window of opportunity for Chelsea’s contention.
No matter ones views of fan status, it is difficult not to admire the team that is coming together at Stamford Bridge; it could be incredibly fun to watch for a really long time.