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Get to Know Kai Havertz

U.S. Chelsea fans voted Kai Havertz one of their favorite newcomers at the start of the 2020/21 season. And there’s lots to like about this young German midfielder. After scoring a first career hat trick in Chelsea’s 6–0 win over Barnsley in round 3 of the Carabao Cup, he’s already showing his value and versatility. Here’s the essentials you should know about Havertz.

Background & Football History

  • Born on June 11, 1999 in Aachen, Germany (Currently 21 years old)
  • At the age of four, Havertz joined the amateur team Alemannia Mariadorf, where his grandfather was chairman of the club
  • In 2009, he spent a year playing on Alemannia Aachen’s second division team in the club’s academy.
  • At the age of 11, he joined Bayer Leverkusen in 2010.
  • Early on, he was compared to Mesut Özil. Havertz has said that as a younger player, he looked up to the Arsenal midfielder.

Records & Achievements

  • On October 15, 2016, Havertz became the club’s youngest-ever debutant in the Bundesliga at age of 17 years and 126 days. It has since been broken, but was a strong start for Havertz.
  • On April 2, 2017, at the age of 17, he became Bundesliga’s youngest-ever goalscorer when he scored his first goal in the 3–3 draw against Wolfsburg.
  • On April 14, 2018, he became the youngest player to reach the milestones of 50 Bundesliga league appearances at 18 years and 307 days old. He broke the record previously held by his now teammate Timo Werner.
  • On April 13, 2019, he scored on his 100th appearance for Leverkusen.
  • On May 18, 2019, the last day of the campaign, he became the highest-scoring teenager in a single Bundesliga season. He scored his record-breaking 17th goal in a 5–1 win over Hertha BSC.
  • On December 19, 2019, at the age of 20 years, six months and four days, he broke another of Werner's records to become the youngest-ever player to reach 100 Bundesliga appearances.

Time With Chelsea

  • He transferred from Bayer Leverkusen in summer of 2020, signing a five-year contract with the Blues.
  • “I couldn’t be prouder and feel more privileged to join Chelsea Football Club. Yesterday marked the day of my childhood dreams coming true,” said Havertz on social media after signing.
  • He is currently #29 and play as a midfielder.
  • So far this season, he’s had four Premier League appearances and one appearance in the Carabao Cup.

Playing Style, Personal Attributes & Fun Facts

  • Havertz is often described as fast, dynamic, versatile and technically gifted.
  • He is tall at 6 ft. 2 in., but don’t let his lanky frame fool you. He has the trifecta of speed, skill and strength.
  • He is left-footed, but has the ability to use both with skill.
  • He also plays for the German national team.
  • Havertz is known as a highly rated attacking midfielder, favoring the central position behind the striker.
  • He has played as striker for his former squad while filling in for team injuries in the second half of 2019/20.
  • He is left-footed, but has the ability to use both with skill.
  • Back in Germany he’s called an “Alleskonner,” which means he’s a player who can do everything.
  • Although he’s usually focused on football, we’ve noticed on his Instagram that he adores spending time with his dog, likes warm weather and watersports, and he plays the piano.

 

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