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FPL breakthroughs: Role up front lifts Havertz potential

25 Jul 2021
Kai Havertz

The Scout backs Chelsea midfielder to continue thriving in advanced role this season

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The Scout pinpoints players who can build on their performances last season and enjoy big success in 2021/22 Fantasy Premier League.

Kai Havertz (CHE) £8.5m

The German’s Fantasy potential was boosted by the arrival of Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel midway through 2020/21.

Havertz had produced only one goal and three assists in the first 19 Gameweeks under Frank Lampard. 

When selected, he was involved in 19 per cent of their goals in that period.

But that figure rose to a team-leading 60 per cent after Tuchel took charge in Gameweek 20.

Playing in a “false nine” role, Havertz produced three goals and two assists in seven starts under his compatriot.

The underlying statistics show Havertz’s potential for returns was boosted considerably when playing as Chelsea's most advanced central attacker.

He produced a shot every 26.5 minutes per shot under Tuchel, ranking first among all Chelsea players. 

Indeed, he averaged 63.5 minutes per big chance in the second half of the previous campaign, quicker than any other player in his position in Fantasy.

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Further comparison highlights Havertz’s upturn in goal threat since Tuchel was appointed.

His six shots in the box in Lampard’s 19 matches improved to 22 over the same number of Gameweeks for Tuchel.

His four shots on target under Lampard also rose to 12 for Tuchel.

Double-figure target

Havertz’s pitch time suffered in the latter stages of last season as Tuchel rotated his players around UEFA Champions League matches.

But having scored the winner in the final against Manchester City, Havertz will without doubt be a key figure in Tuchel’s first full season in charge.

A regular role up front could allow Havertz to deliver double-figures for goals and assists in 2021/22.

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