Havertz, known for his roles as an attacking midfielder and forward, played in the left-back position for Germany in the friendly against Turkey early on Sunday (19/11) WIB.
While Julian Nagelsmann’s squad faced a 2-3 defeat against Turkey in this match, the 36-year-old coach might find satisfaction in one of his experiments involving Havertz.
Playing as the left-back alongside Antonio Rüdiger, Kai Havertz promptly found the back of Turkey’s net just five minutes into the game after finishing a cross from Leroy Sane.
Before the match, Julian Nagelsmann seemed to have a specific vision regarding Kai Havertz’s new role as an offensive left-back. “I have a good idea; he is a great footballer,” Nagelsmann mentioned before kick-off, as reported by SportBible. “This is a very good option. He won’t always play as a traditional left-back,” he added.
Kai Havertz has now scored one goal in three matches for the German national team under Nagelsmann’s management. This goal tally equals the number of goals he scored in 19 matches under Mikel Arteta at Arsenal this season. The strategic shift in Havertz’s position adds an intriguing dimension to Germany’s tactical approach under Nagelsmann’s guidance.