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Bent Urges Tottenham Hotspur To Land Bundesliga Playmaker: Should Mourinho Get Him On Board?

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In a recent interview with Football Insider, former Premier League forward Darren Bent urged Tottenham Hotspur to make a move for Bayer 04 Leverkusen playmaker Kai Havertz this summer when he said, “He’s a very good player and he’s linked with a lot of big clubs around the world so if you can steal him, then what a coup that would be for your club. If you can get top players like that, you go and get them.

“His favoured position is a number 10 so that would be perfect because you’re talking about him, Harry Kane and Heung-min Son – I think that would work really, really well.

“At times, I know all teams have a transfer structure where they might go: ‘We need defenders, we need midfielders,’ whatever it may be but sometimes little curveballs get thrown in.

“When a player of such quality all of a sudden gets thrown into the market, you’ve got to rip that transfer sheet up and go: ‘He’s the best player available, we’ve got to take him.’”

Havertz’s Rapid Emergence In German Football

The promising starlet has not quite maintained his prolific standards from last season. However, he has still managed to produce several eye-catching displays as the primary playmaker for Peter Bosz’s first-team over the past nine months. Havertz has participated in 35 matches for the German outfit this term, finding the back of the net on 12 occasions while providing eight assists across all fronts. Even though the Aachen-born talent has bettered his assists total from the previous campaign, yet he had failed to be as productive in terms of goal-scoring as he was in the last season when he netted 20 goals in 42 appearances.

The German international has averaged 1.7 shots, 2.0 key passes and 1.9 dribbles in every 90 minutes of football in the Bundesliga and European competitions which sheds light on how much he has matured as an attacking midfielder this season (stats via whoscored).

At such a tender age, Havertz has made an impressive start to life at the international stage after securing seven senior caps for the German national team while netting one goal for his country thus far. Maybe a summer switch to the Premier League could provide him with a more prominent platform to showcase what he is capable of and earn a permanent place in Joachim Low’s squad for next year’s UEFA European Championship finals after the competition was delayed as a result of the recent COVID-19 pandemic.

Darrent Bent urges Tottenham Hotspur to land Kai Havertz who is seen in the photo
Kai Havertz of Bayer 04 Leverkusen in action during the DFB Cup first round match between Alemannia Aachen and Bayern 04 Leverkusen at Tivoli Stadium on August 10, 2019 in Aachen, Germany. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Bongarts/Getty Images)

What Does The German Whizkid Bring To The Table?

Havertz can put his pace and agility to good use when attempting to get the better of his markers in the opposition half. He has showcased outstanding composure and close control when dribbling with the ball in and around the opposition penalty box. The German international is a technically-gifted footballer who can read the game well and get into some promising positions in the final third which makes him a real nuisance for the opposition defenders. He is also not afraid of running himself to the ground for the benefit of his side and has all the attributes that Jose Mourinho usually expects from his midfielders.

Should Spurs Listen To Bent’s Advice And Get Havertz On Board This Summer?

Havertz could prove to be a brilliant acquisition for the North London giants if they can bring him to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium when the transfer window reopens later this year. He will not only bring a lot of goals and creativity to the English capital but also enhance the overall depth of Mourinho’s squad.

The possibility of Havertz linking up with the likes of Harry Kane, Heung-min Son and Lucas Moura will be a mouth-watering prospect for any Tottenham fan. The 20-year-old could also serve as an ideal long-term acquisition for the London outfit as he will only get better with each season.

Havertz will also provide some healthy competition for players such as Dele Alli, Steven Bergwijn and Erik Lamela in the coming seasons. Therefore, the Spurs boss should consider listening to Bent’s advice by orchestrating a move to land the German sensation during the summer transfer period.

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