Reported Liverpool target Kai Havertz has been praised by talkSPORT pundit Ally McCoist, who made a comparison between the Bayer Leverkusen ace and Michael Ballack.
The 20-year-old has been sensational for Leverkusen over the past few years, clocking up a gargantuan 140 senior appearances in all competitions already despite his young age.
Havertz has also claimed 40 goals and 30 assists for his side, and has already won seven caps for Germany, so it’s little surprise that he is being linked with some of Europe’s top clubs.
As well as Liverpool, the likes of Bayern Munich, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid are all said to be keen on the Leverkusen ace, according to Goal.com.
Havertz took his tally for the season to 12 goals with a brace in Monday night’s 4-1 win at Werder Bremen as the Bundesliga resumed following a two-month suspension due to the global health crisis.
“He’s brilliant,” McCoist told talkSPORT. “I’ve seen him play because obviously Rangers drew them in the UEFA Cup and he looks a bit special.
“He doesn’t play and look unlike a young Michael Ballack believe it or not. He’s got that.
“They’re comparing him [to Ballack], which is a little bit unfair, but at the same time he’s got that look about him. He’s an attacking midfielder, who’s very, very good.”
Pundits and peers alike are running out of superlatives to send Havertz’s way, and it’s no surprise to see the top European clubs all linked with him.
From Lionel Messi saying “his composure in front of goal is so impressive for such a young player” to Owen Hargreaves describing him as an “absolute diamond”, “the real deal” and “everything”, we’re talking about a player of the highest calibre here.
He won’t come cheap though – even though the global health crisis could perhaps lead to a “big crunch” in the football industry, including in wages and transfer fees, there may not be such concessions for the £90million-rated prodigy, given what a top asset he is.