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Chelsea played out a goalless draw against Leeds United at the Elland Road on Saturday afternoon.
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel shunned his natural forwards Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud, to play Kai Havertz as a false nine.
Although Havertz did well as a false nine against Everton, it didn’t pay off against Leeds, and the German’s performance was scrutinised after the game.
Speaking on BBC’s Match of the Day, host Gary Lineker used Havertz playing as a false nine to illustrate his point that centre-forwards may have become a ‘dying breed’ in the game.
Meanwhile, Premier League icon and top scorer Alan Shearer insisted that there are still some top strikers in the game, mentioning Harry Kane, Robert Lewandowski and Chelsea target Erling Haaland.
“Well you say we’re a dying breed, Gary, but there might be one centre-forward around and available in the summer in Haaland,” Shearer responded.
“There’s Harry Kane, obviously, and [Robert] Lewandowski is one of them. But two of the greatest goalscorers of our time are forwards rather than centre-forwards in Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.”