Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has praised Kai Havertz’s personality and versatility to play in different roles.
“It is a real plus when someone comes in and says they are happy to play in a number of positions,” Lampard told reporters following the win at Burnley.
“He can play as a number 10 or out wide, which he played in previously for club and country before coming here. I know he has played as a number eight too, so that was part of the process for me, him and the team to find the best way.
“It is very normal when you miss pre-season and you are looking for those tweaks in formation at the start of the season. Now, we are playing in a slightly different way and there have been a number of positives. That doesn’t mean that we can’t change back.
“It is great to see what it did for Kai and Mason in bringing those attributes from what we regard as really offensive players but they also have the energy and desire to cover ground to help the team.
“They then pick the ball up and can be dangerous when they arrive high [up the pitch], they are both things that Kai and Mason have. Again, it is through the balance of the team and working on that but I am really impressed with the humility of those two to do both sides of the number eight role.
“That’s what I want from the players that play when it is two number eights. I want them to help build offensively, join, help build, make assists and get goals. They both did it today.”