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Kai Havertz enjoys playing up front

By Henrik Petersen

Kai Havertz and Leon Bailey.
Kai Havertz and Leon Bailey.Photo: Bayer 04 Leverkusen

Kai Havertz says playing up front for Bayer Leverkusen has enabled him to become more of a goal threat.

The 20-year-old usually plays in midfield, but has impressed in the striking position in the absence of the injured Kevin Volland, finding the net five times in his last three Bundesliga games.

"I have a free role because I don't feel like I have to stay between the defenders," Havertz told Bundesliga.com when asked about his positional switch after he bagged a brace in Saturday's 3-1 win over Borussia Mönchengladbach.

"I can drop back into midfield, which has always been my game, so not a great deal has changed, other than me becoming even more dangerous in front of goal and needing to get into the penalty box more. That suits me very well," he added.

Havertz has scored 14 goals and made eight assists in 36 games for Bayer Leverkusen this season.

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