Kai Havertz has requested a double-digits shirt number at Chelsea as he prepares to make his Premier League debut against Brighton next week.
According to The Athletic’s Simon Johnson new recruit Havertz has asked to take Fikayo Tomori’s No.29 shirt for the upcoming season.
Despite the No.10 shirt being free after Willian’s departure to Arsenal, the Germany ace has his sights on Tomori’s jersey.
Christian Pulisic, who wore the No.22 last season, is believed to be looking at an upgrade to No.10.
Havertz wore the No.29 when he was at Bayer Leverkusen, but he has asked for the No.29 and Tomori “was happy to oblige”.
The Blues defender is expected to seal a loan move to Everton imminently .
Sky Sports claim the 22-year-old was close to joining Rennes, but is now in talks over a move to Goodison after they failed to sign Gabriel Magalhaes.
Meanwhile, been told Kai Havertz asked to take Tomori's No 29 shirt number on joining #CFC. It's his favourite number having worn it at Bayer Leverkusen. Tomori was happy to oblige (and that was before talks over loan to #EFC stepped up).
— Simon Johnson (@SJohnsonSport) September 8, 2020
Meanwhile, Havertz, 21, is expected to make his debut next Monday against Brighton, along with Timo Werner.
Havertz is so versatile
Werner scored first time out against Brighton and then followed that up with a goal against Spain. He is all set to start as the main central attacker, but just where Frank Lampard deploys Havertz remains a secret so far.
Bundesliga pundit Rafael Honigstein insists the talented midfielder is so versatile he can play virtually anywhere.
“The beauty of Havertz is you can play him in almost any position apart from defence,” Honigstein told the club’s website.
“I don’t think he’s necessarily a no.6, but he’s definitely a player who can play centrally, both in a slightly deeper role or as a classic no.10. He can just as easily play on either wing, or as a false nine as he’s done quite a lot in recent months.”
In his opening interview with Chelsea’s official website, Havertz highlighted his desire to come and play for Lampard: “Of course he had a big impact on my decision because I loved him as a player and watched him very often,.
“And I think I can learn from him as a manager as well. I think he’s a very humble person, a very great guy, and I can’t wait to play with him and learn from him.”