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Thomas Tuchel: 'Kai Havertz will have a big impact at Chelsea'

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The attacker started his fellow German's first match in charge but only returned from injury on Tuesday.

Thomas Tuchel is unsure where best to use Chelsea attacker Kai Havertz yet but is positive the £71million signing will have a big role to play at Stamford Bridge.

It has been a tough start to life in London for the 21-year-old since a summer switch with a bout of coronavirus followed by numerous small injuries which have limited his game time.

Since he swapped the Bundesliga for the Premier League, Havertz has scored only five goals in all competitions and three of them came in his third game against Barnsley in the EFL Cup back in September.

Thomas Tuchel believes Kai Havertz has a big future at the club (Lee Smith/PA)

But manager Tuchel is confident his fellow German will hit the heights he reached at Bayer Leverkusen in the English capital and will be part of the squad to face Manchester United on Sunday.

"Since I arrived, the only thing that kept him from making a big impact is his injury, nothing else," the Blues boss said.

"I see a committed guy, I see a guy who made a brave decision to move abroad at a young age and to go out of his comfort zone and accept a big challenge in a big team, in the biggest League.

"I see a totally clear guy who is totally aware of that, full of talent, unlimited talent and I see a player who will have a big impact in Chelsea, I'm absolutely convinced.

"The mix gives me that feeling that he can have a big role in this club and he is absolutely determined to fulfil his role.

"We will find this role and now we need to give him the time it takes. But he is ready, we are very happy he is back in the squad and he will lift our offensive potential there is no doubt."

Havertz was used in a variety of positions by Tuchel's predecessor Frank Lampard, including as a number 10 but also in central midfield and out wide on occasions.

The current Chelsea boss debated the idea of putting the youngster closer to goal as a more out and out forward.

Tuchel is keeping an open mind on where best to play Havertz (Mike Hewitt/PA)

"He is a unique player. It's not so clear where he needs to settle, does he need to settle on one special position? Or is he kind of a hybrid player?" Tuchel reflected.

"Today, I would say he's in between a nine and a 10, something in between.

"He's very comfortable in the box, he's very comfortable in high positions, he's very good in offensive headers, he has good timing to arrive in the box, good finishing, good composure in the box, around the box, and very comfortable in high positions so between nine and 10."

Havertz made his return from injury off the bench during Tuesday's 1-0 win at Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.

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Premier League Table
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1Manchester CityMan City32235467234474
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd31189461342763
3Leicester CityLeicester31175955371856
4West Ham UnitedWest Ham31167851391255
5Chelsea31159750311954
6Liverpool31157953371652
7Tottenham HotspurSpurs311471052351749
8Everton30146104138348
9Arsenal31136124335845
10Leeds UnitedLeeds31143144949045
11Aston Villa301351243331044
12Wolverhampton WanderersWolves31108133141-1038
13Crystal Palace31108133352-1938
14Southampton31106153956-1736
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton31712123338-533
16Burnley3189142542-1733
17Newcastle UnitedNewcastle3188153251-1932
18Fulham32511162442-1826
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom3159172859-3124
20Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd3142251755-3814
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