Struggling to find his form at Arsenal this season, Havertz has encountered difficulties, managing only one goal, albeit from a penalty, and one assist in 19 appearances across all competitions.
Despite his challenges at Arsenal, Havertz’s spot in the German national team remains intact. However, he now finds himself relinquishing his usual roles as an attacking midfielder or forward to play as a left-back.
During friendly matches against Turkey and Austria, Nagelsmann deployed Havertz in the left-back position. Initially showing promise by quickly scoring against Turkey, Havertz’s mistake also led to Turkey securing the winning goal.
“At the age of 24, Kai Havertz playing as a left-back for his country? Seriously? Something is very wrong here! I don’t know how to put it,” expressed former Arsenal player William Gallas as reported by Metro.
“For me, to make this decision, it seems like Nagelsmann doesn’t respect Havertz as a player. Havertz has spent his entire career as an attacking player, and now you play him as a left-back?”
“I really don’t know what to say, it’s confusing. Trying to think about it from the player’s perspective, it’s not good. I don’t like this decision. It’s a decision that lacks respect from the manager,” he added.
For Gallas, Havertz’s performance so far at Arsenal validates his earlier assessment. According to him, Havertz is not the type of player Arsenal needed in the last summer transfer window.
“I said at the start of the season that Kai Havertz would struggle at Arsenal. I don’t want to sound like a broken record, but he’s still having a hard time,” continued Gallas.
“I think it will always be challenging for Havertz to adapt to the Arsenal style of play and the way Mikel Arteta wants him to play. I think he’s not the type Arsenal needed last summer.”