Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is not losing sleep over how to fit in new signing Kai Havertz.
The attacking midfielder has reportedly impressed the coaching staff in training and Lampard says he’s very aware of what the 21-year-old can offer.
“He is a player I have been aware of for a long time and as a fellow attacking midfield player,” he told the club’s website.
“I have paid particular attention to those type of players for some time. I was aware of his talent and in conjunction with the club, we know how we want to go forward and look to improve in the right areas, and for players who are going to be here hopefully to improve and mature, but are already at a very high level, he absolutely fitted the bill for us, so I am delighted to have him.”
When asked about the comparisons with him as a player, and another goalscoring former Blue, Michael Ballack, the boss says.
“It is very easy to make those comparisons. I know he is hungry to score goals and make assists so I have already had those conversations with him, but I do think we are quite different in our styles.
“Kai can probably start in more forward areas than I started in. I liked to come from deep as a midfield player, and a lot of Kai’s really good play in the last few seasons as he has broken through at Leverkusen has been in a slightly advanced no.10 role, or slightly wider areas or more in a striker kind of area of late.
“So I think there are differences in our game and styles but in terms of what we try to bring to the team, it is pretty similar in terms of productivity in goals and assists.
“Michael Ballack was a good player for us in terms of what he contributed and we have all got really good memories of Bally when he was at the club and what he did for us, but Kai is going to be his own player and his own person.
“He has his own style and he is very unique in terms of that, which really excites me to work with him, in terms of him going forward.”
Chelsea signed the Germany international from Bayer Leverkusen for £70m on a 5-year contract last week.