Frank Lampard already has his perfect Eden Hazard replacement at Chelsea

The Chelsea midfielder arrived from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer transfer window for a club record fee and is starting to settle into his new surroundings

Chelsea midfielder Kai Havertz

Kai Havertz has previously spoken about his strengths on the pitch as Chelsea prepare to face Southampton after the international break.

With Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech in contention to face Southampton after returning to fitness, Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard will have an array of attacking options to choose from.


When Havertz was asked in 2018 whether he could even see himself playing as a striker, the German told the Bundesliga website: “Not really. In fact, I’m often critical of myself for not scoring enough and missing too many chances that I really should be putting away.”

When asked about his goal return that season, Havertz admitted he was more of a creator – something which Chelsea perhaps lacked after the departure of star player Eden Hazard to Real Madrid.

In 2018/19, Chelsea’s top assister in the Premier League was Hazard with 15 – almost double that of Willian’s haul last season with seven. Cesar Azpilicueta was second with six.

“But there are significantly more assists,” Havertz added. “Right now, I’m definitely a lot better at providing assists than scoring goals.


“Anyway, I’m not really fussed what position I play in at the moment, whether it’s up front or in midfield.

“The main thing is that I’m playing.”

Havertz, who notched his first assist of the season against Crystal Palace, was in good form for Germany on Tuesday against Switzerland.

The Blues midfielder scored one and created another for Chelsea teammate Timo Werner as Germany drew 3-3.

Both players are expected to line-up against Southampton after starting in the win over Palace, whilst Ziyech could start from the bench.

Pulisic is also set to be in contention after returning to action before the international break.

There are doubts, however, over left-back Ben Chilwell, who pulled out of the England squad for the Nations League clash against Denmark after sustaining a foot problem.

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