Chelsea star Kai Havertz compared to Liverpool ace Roberto Firmino in Lampard prediction

Chelsea’s record signing Kai Havertz has been compared to Liverpool star Roberto Firmino for his ability to hold up the ball and bring attacks together, and Frank Lampard needs to play him in a similar role in his new-look attack. That’s the opinion of former Chelsea player Joe Cole.

Havertz became one of the most talked-about signings of the summer when Chelsea broke their transfer record to sign him in a deal worth up to £90million.

The German playmaker can play anywhere across the attack, and has been used in multiple positions since joining the club.

Frank Lampard first played him at right-wing, before moving him into a more central attacking midfield role in an attempt to unlock his true potential.

Chelsea forked out nearly £250m on new signings this summer, including deals for attackers Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech.

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Lampard is still working out how to fit his new players in his new-look attack, having tinkered in the first few games of the campaign.

And Cole believes Lampard needs to use Havertz in a role similar to Firmino of Liverpool, due to his ability to bring others into the game and create opportunities for his team-mates.

The former midfielder explained that playing the youngster in a deeper role wouldn’t impact his goalscoring ability, and that the playmaker would still contribute goals while bringing out the best in the rest of the attackers.

“I see him as a Firmino-type player where he knits it together,” Cole said on BT Sport, via Football London.

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“So you want him playing central, you want him in these positions.

“He’s got spacial awareness where he can bring players into the game.

“Frank played him off the right in this game [3-1 win over Brighton] where he was largely ineffectual and this [heatmap] highlights it brilliantly.

“When you have a player of his quality, anytime he receives the ball, anyone of those positions he can hurt you.

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“When you play in this position you have to understand how to make space.

“I think he will score lots of goals from this position.

“Players are going to love playing with him, like how [Liverpool] players love playing with Firmino.

“He’s such an exciting player and I feel his impact on this Chelsea team will not just be goals and assists, but bringing the best out of the likes of [Christian] Pulisic, [Mason] Mount, Callum [Hudson-Odoi] and Tammy [Abraham] because he can knit it together.”

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