Kai Havertz could finally sign for Chelsea today
Chelsea could finally secure the signing of Kai Havertz today, Peter Bosz has claimed. (The Sun On Sunday)
Chelsea are also on the agenda, with the panel discussing the form of Kepa, their early business and the possible arrival of Kai Havertz
The Premier League transfer window only opened yesterday, but Chelsea have already made two significant signings. The previously agreed deals to bring in Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner have now been concluded, and the pair are already training at Cobham – with all premier league matches this season concluded.
But teams have to balance what they need with what is available, and right now there’s no question that Kai Havertz is a player on another level to any of the left backs, centre backs or goalkeepers on the market.
An unbalanced squad with world class players is better than a balanced one made up of mediocre ones. We’ve seen Chelsea waste vast sums year after year trying to buy depth for their team – now the club is finally using the academy to fill out those spaces, the cash can be focused on making sure that every arrival is top quality.
The discussion would be different if there was a top level central defender or goalkeeper available. But as it stands there is not, while Havertz looks to be a potential superstar up for grabs.
It would also be a different case if Frank Lampard was fighting for his job season by season – as almost every Chelsea manager in living memory has. Then the pressure is on succeeding that weekend, and then the one after that. There’s no time to think about next season.
In terms of the campaign to come, Lampard might find he would earn more points by spending money on defensive recruitment. But with the luxury of looking at the squad in terms of a 3/4 year “cycle”, there’s no doubt that spending €100m or so on Havertz, accompanied by a couple of cheap defensive options to tide us over for a season or two -until Havertz-level players become available in those positions too – would likely be the smarter move