Chelsea star Kai Havertz believes he is now playing in his “perfect position” under Thomas Tuchel, having initially struggled to make an impact at Stamford Bridge.
The German international has netted three goals in his last three Premier League appearances for the Blues, having managed just one in his previous 22.
Tuchel has given Havertz a more central role and the 21-year-old believes it suits him, telling Chelsea’s official match day programme: “I play somewhere up front – number nine, number 10, something in between – to be honest, I don’t know 100%.
“I just enjoy the position right now because I feel very good there. I have a lot of fast strikers next to me right now, so that’s very nice and I think it’s the perfect position for me.
“I can be dangerous in the box, I can have the ball a lot and that is what I like, so right now it’s very nice for me in this position.
“I think the first year wasn’t very easy for me but I think I’m getting better and better, getting more confidence.
“But, for me, the team effort was the most important thing this season, and that we get victories – that’s more important than my own personal things.
“But, of course, I always want to play my best and I’m getting better now, so it feels good.”
Havertz was recently compared to Dimitar Berbatov by Rio Ferdinand, after helping Chelsea reach the Champions League final.
Speaking on BT Sport, Ferdinand said: “He [Havertz] reminds me of Berbatov, a player I played with at Manchester United. He’s got that little lazy swagger at times where you feel like he’s got a bit of nonchalance about him, the guy is so smooth.
“Joe made the point before the game, the game kind of doesn’t quicken up around him at all. The game slows down to his pace, he gets things done really elegantly, his touch is always exquisite.
“I think he’s going to grow into a really important player, a player that showcases his talents in a way that not many others can.”