The Bundesliga has been hailed by one and all as a league which has resulted in the emergence of some of the most exciting footballers in world football. However, in recent times there has been a dearth of such players capable of making the fans go wild with excitement at the very prospect of watching them play.
This hiatus is set to end with the emergence of Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz who is steadily making his presence felt with his excellent performances. Havertz is another addition to the list of midfielders who went on to carve a glorious reputation for themselves after emerging from the club.
Toni Kroos, Arturo Vidal, Bernd Schneider, Michael Ballack are some of those illustrious names.
Havertz has all the makings of a midfield maestro despite being just 20 years old. The lanky midfielder enjoys the ability to create opportunities similar to that of Toni Kroos, while making his presence felt with a physical presence akin to that of Arturo Vidal. Not only this, Havertz has also developed into a fine finisher capable of converting opportunities as and when presented making his overall profile all the more irresistible.
Another feature to the midfielder equally comfortable on his right and left foot, is his versatility. Havertz is more than capable of making his presence felt in a central position in the midfield, shine in a deep role or even an advanced role.
The 20-year-old has emerged into a vital performer for the current Bayer Leverkusen side looking to stamp its dominance in the Bundesliga and Europe as well. His importance is certainly apparent from the fact that the club decided to reject a 90 million euros bid from Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich who have always avoided splashing cash on any player.
“There’s nothing more to say about Kai,” said Leverkusen’s sporting director Rudi Voller as quoted by Bundesliga. One could hardly blame the sporting director for being so enthusiastic about the lad considering his direct involvement in 25 goals within the first 61 Bundesliga games.
Havertz has already been dubbed as exiled German midfielder
Mesut Özil’s direct successor in the national team which is high praise indeed.
However, these comparisons have led to the downfall of many a player who have failed to handle the attention and pressure which comes following a billing of this stature. Havertz certainly has the attributes to carve a reputation for himself considering his abilities and fine talent. However, a cool head and calm mind will be just as important and may very well spell the difference between the midfielder achieving his dreams or getting tossed aside in favour of another prospect.
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