Kai Havertz scouting report as Liverpool head race to sign star

Kai Havertz once again set tongues wagging with a match-winning performance for Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.

The highly-rated youngster followed up two goals last week with another brace in his side's 3-1 win over Borussia Monchengladbach.

Liverpool are among a host of sides keeping tabs on the 20-year-old with a view to making a move this summer.

Havertz has heavy interest from the Premier League in particular, with Man Utd, Man City and Chelsea all impressed with the forward's talents.

Bayern Munich are also sniffing around, and Leverkusen are resigned to losing their star man, but have slapped a £90million price tag on his services.

Here's a closer look at why he's attracting Europe's big guns.

1. Form

If Havertz was looking to persuade clubs to make a move for him this summer, he's going the right way about it at present.

He's already bagged four goals in just two games following the restart of the Bundesliga season last week.

Havertz scored two headers in the win over Werder Bremen last week, and it took him less than seven minutes to get on the scoresheet against Monchengladbach.

He latched onto a through ball before sliding a shot past the 'keeper for the opening goal, before adding his second from the penalty spot before the hour mark.

With Leverkusen currently fifth in the table, Havertz's goals could yet propel them into next season's Champions League – which could be key to whether they keep him or not.

2. Contribution

Havertz may well have returned in red-hot form, but it's probably no less than expected.

After all, prior to the enforced break he was already on a run of five goals in eight games – now up to nine in ten following his latest efforts.

Over the course of the season he's provided 14 goals for his team from 36 appearances – a decent return considering he also operates in midfield.

He is now on course to match last season's tally of 21 goals in 43 appearances on his current rate of scoring, and has already beaten his number of assists, proving he's no one-season wonder.

3. All-rounder

One benefit for Havertz and any potential suitors is his ability to play in various positions.

He has been used as a lead striker in recent fixtures, but can play as a no.10, out wide, or deeper as part of a midfield three.

Such versatility will certainly suit Liverpool, who would find it difficult to guarantee Havertz a regular starting berth in their front three, but would

Bundesliga legend Lothar Matthäus said previously: "You can see why [Leverkusen sporting director] Rudi Völler has labelled him a once-in-a-century talent.

"He plays with passion, he's spontaneous, he's very quick, scores goals, his distribution's good, he really works for the team – and all that at such a young age."

4. What they've said

It seems you can't go a day without another former pro or pundit urging their old club to make signing Havertz a transfer priority.

Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri has hailed the forward as a "complete player", while ex-Germany defender Jens Nowotny believes Jurgen Klopp could turn Havertz into a world class player at Liverpool.

But ex-Man Utd striker Dimitar Berbatov offered a differing opinion this week, suggesting Havertz should bide his time at Leverkusen.

"I would like to see Havertz in the Premier League at some point, but not right now," Berbatov told Betfair. "I think it is a bit too early for him, I want to see him play more games, score more goals and get more confidence and maturity.

"I think he should stay at Leverkusen and develop even more and get that experience which will help him for when the time comes to go somewhere else."

And Berbatov's ex-United teammate Owen Hargreaves is in agreement.

"He has got to get it right and I think that the more he plays football the better," Hargreaves told Goal.

"It is hard to go to Man City and play right away, which is what saw Jadon Sancho sold. It is hard to go to a great team like Liverpool and start.

"I think his development is ahead of 99 per cent of players, but I don’t think he should go to a top team yet as he might stunt his development."

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