What Chelsea forward Kai Havertz has worked on to help Blues cope with Romelu Lukaku injury

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Chelsea’s key man against Burnley, Kai Havertz, has improved an area of his own game that has helped Thomas Tuchel manage without club-record signing Romelu Lukaku in the meantime.

Havertz, 22, opened the scoring on the weekend as the Blues were held by Burnley in a shock 1-1 draw that has allowed Manchester City to close the gap to the top of the Premier League standings by a mere three points.

Considering Lukaku’s and Werner’s injuries were sustained against Malmo in the Champions League prior to the Norwich, Newcastle and Burnley games, the fact that the former of the pair is expected to be back after the international break with the lead at the top just about intact is a positive in itself.

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Questions about the Blues’ squad depth had risen to the surface but all the Chelsea attackers have stepped up in some way to prevent the likes of Man City and Liverpool from climbing above them in the table.

But the weekend’s draw against Sean Dyche’s Clarets couldn’t have come at a better time for the side from SW6, who will be looking forward to the Leicester game after the break knowing that their 28-year-old talismanic figure will be back in the fray.

In the meantime, though, just how have the west Londoners dealt with the lack of goal threat could have haunted the European Champions in the short-term?

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The answer being- Havertz’ improved heading ability that has been showcased twice already since Lukaku and Werner’s spells on the sideline were confirmed.



Kai Havertz celebrates scoring for Chelsea in the 1-1 draw with Burnley
Kai Havertz celebrates scoring for Chelsea in the 1-1 draw with Burnley

His goals against Southampton in the Carabao Cup and most recently in the draw against the Clarets in the Premier League were scored from an area of his body that not many people associate with the German’s strongest asset in his armoury- his head.

So far this season, Havertz has netted four headed goals, which is rather impressive considering that he’d only scored one header for Chelsea prior to the 2021/22 campaign getting underway in late August.

Looking further back when evaluating his goal involvements for Bayer Leverkusen, only six of his 26 goals scored for the Bundesliga outfit were with his head, illustrating the significant improvement in that department which was there for everyone to see with his nicely taken goal at the weekend.

“What was missing was some goals”, declared Havertz post-match to the Chelsea FC website.

“Burnley had one chance, they scored one goal and sometimes that is football, but we could have improved our finishing skills in the game.

“We had a lot of good chances but we also scored just one goal so we lose two big points for us so of course it is frustrating. We did a very good game but as I said, sometimes that is football and you have to accept it.”

The 22-year-old then went on to add when looking ahead to matters after the international break: “Of course it is not the best day when you draw at home with Burnley but all in all we can be very satisfied with the last few matches.

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“We played good football. We put a lot of effort into the games and we have to keep the momentum after the international break, come back here as strong as before and I am very positive that we will continue this way.”

Lukaku is expected to start against the Foxes in the German’s absence but at least Tuchel now knows that he has a different kind of goal threat to call upon if needed after the November internationals, with tricky tests against Manchester United and West Ham on the horizon after the trip to the King Power Stadium is done and dusted.

Source by Football London

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