Bayer Leverkusen beat Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga on Monday, with their star youngster Kai Havertz unsurprisingly grabbing the headlines.
If you’re a football fan, you likely tuned in to some of the Bundesliga fixtures this weekend. With a Revierderby to kick things off, and Bayern Munich featuring on Sunday as well, there was plenty for us to tune into, although it simply was not the same without fans in attendance.
One of the more under-the-radar fixtures was Bayer Leverkusen’s clash with Werder Bremen on Monday. Highly-touted German attacking midfielder Kai Havertz was on display in the match, and you certainly would not have been able to tell that he had a 2-month break from football – he came out of the blocks firing, scoring 2 goals in the match to lift his team to a whopping 4-1 victory.
The playmaker has been a revelation since entering the first-team fold at Leverkusen a few years ago, and over the past 20 months or so, his rise to prominence has been incredible.
Havertz has been linked with a move to the Premier League for quite some time, with Arsenal and Liverpool being the most consistently-rumored clubs, but his whopping price tag, expected to be near the 100 million euro mark, is likely to put all clubs off for now.
It’s a shame because Havertz is a player that would thrive in the Premier League, with his physicality matched with his technical skill. He has been touted as the heir to Mesut Ozil in the German national team setup, so perhaps he could be his heir at Arsenal as well – although it would take some serious financial injection for them to afford Havertz even next summer.
Liverpool seems a more likely destination, especially with Klopp’s connections and reputation in the German market. The Reds haven’t had a proper attacking midfielder since Coutinho left the club 2 years ago, and Havertz would add yet another dimension to their already incredible team.
If anyone was to afford Kai Havertz this summer, it would be Liverpool. Bayern Munich could also be a potential destination in the future, as Thomas Muller enters his 30’s.
For now, however, we must simply enjoy watching this mesmerizing talent in the Bundesliga, but don’t be surprised if he’s lacing up his boots on a cold, rainy night in England sometime in the future…