CBS Sports pundit Thierry Henry says Chelsea forward Kai Havertz’s performance against Borussia Dortmund reminded him of his former Arsenal teammate Robin van Persie.
The German international put in one of his best displays in a Blues shirt on Tuesday night and Henry was full of praise for the 23-year-old after the match:
“He reminds me sometimes a little, very little, of Robin, back to goal. Robin van Persie was very good with his left foot – was always immaculate to try and bring people along. It’s why I think out of the guys who used to be wingers or a ten, he plays a nine because back to goal he can hold the ball well. Now he needs to make sure he can transform that into more goals, because you can play off him.”
It’s an interesting comparison that Henry makes. Van Persie isn’t necessarily the strongest forward, but he was decent at holding up the ball and bringing others into the game.
As Henry points out, though, probably the key difference at the moment is finishing ability. Van Persie became lethal in front of goal during the latter period of his career; both with the Gunners and Manchester United.
Havertz needed two attempts to put the ball away from the penalty spot versus Dortmund, and he had a number of other chances too.
Even so, if he can produce his Dortmund performance in upcoming fixtures, there will be no fans questioning his position in the starting lineup.