Leverkusen boss name Ziyech as major problems Havertz is facing at Chelsea

Leverkusen boss name Ziyech as major problems Havertz is facing at Chelsea

Havertz's former boss Peter Bosz says that the 21-year-old's greatest quality lies in the opposition box.

At Chelsea, Havertz is forced to play further back as Ziyech occupies the inside of the right-wing, Bosz points out.

The Leverkusen boss states that Havertz is not the best off the ball but he is always ready to pounce.

"Havertz’s greatest quality lies in the opponent’s box," Peter Bosz told Voetbal International.

"There he has to come to score goals. At Chelsea, he now also plays further back, because Hakim Ziyech pushes him away. Then Havertz does not get enough into the penalty area.

"We played an attacking 3-4-3 with two 10s and a square in midfield. Against the ball, I let Havertz swerve to the right.

"Against the ball is not his greatest quality, but opponents did not dare to let him stand. If his direct opponent comes up, their central defender will be in a one-on-one with Havertz if he loses the ball.

"These are often not the fastest players. So the up-and-coming back is automatically called off."

Under Bosz at Bayer Leverkusen, Kai Havertz often played as a 2nd striker, scoring 18 goals and providing 9 assists in 45 games last season.

While Havertz has five goals and six assists in 22 games, half of them have come against lower league opposition.

The German has struggled to get used to a deeper midfield role in recent months for the Blues - scoring only once since late October.

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