You improve the squad on the previous season by signing better players than you currently have. Football is easy (note: I do also understand you can improve players currently in the squad as well).

I do not understand the “another Chelsea reject” argument when it comes to Kai Havertz.There is a huge difference between buying 30-something players (William Gallas, Petr Cech, David Luiz, Willian) and signing a 24-year-old regular German international about to enter his peak.

Havertz is an improvement on what we have. That is no debate.

We went into last season with Emile Smith Rowe and Fabio Vieira as our 2 main back up attacking options. Havertz is better than both.

Smith Rowe is a fabulous player, but his injury issues are a huge concern.

He admits himself that he has been playing with the same groin injury since he was 18-years-old. He turns 23 in a month…

The Englishman has played mainly on the wing for Arsenal during his senior career. There has always been a feeling his long-term future could end up playing inside, as an attacking 8 options. In recent weeks, there has been talk about Smith Rowe working hard in training to improve in this position.

Whereas Smith Rowe is a work in progress as an attacking 8, Havertz is off the shelf ready.

It is in that position that Havertz became one of the hottest prospects in Europe whilst at Bayern Leverkuson.

38 goals in 2 seasons from midfield saw Chelsea spend over £70million securing him back in 2020.

With the acquisition of Leandro Trossard, the left hand side is now locked down with the Belgium and Gabriel Martinelli. That has left us looking to buy some cover and competition on the right hand side for Bukayo Saka.

Havertz has also spent some of his career playing in Smith Rowe’s natural position – out wide. Naturally left footed, he is abetter “like for like” option to replace Saka when required with Arteta needing to change the attacking structure of the team.

Havertz is a better midfielder than Smith Rowe, a better winger than Smith Rowe, and a better forward/false 9. He also does not come with Smith Rowe’s injury issues.

Another player also under threat is Fabio Vieira.

A big money signing last summer, Vieira has not settled in the Premier League.

Last season he struggled for game time as Martin Odegaard maintained his form and fitness. There was just not much opportunity for Vieira to show us what he could do.

When Vieira did make it on the pitch, he looked shot of confidence and not up to it physically. I still think there is a player there and he clearly has great technique. But he needs to make big improvements in the gym and on the training pitch this summer.

Let me now ask you a question: If Odergaard picked up an injury, who would you rather replace him – Havertz or Vieira?

Now maybe you are realising why he is a good signing.

Havertz is levels above Smith Rowe and Vieira. And it is not even like he is that much older:

Havertz is just a year older than both Vieira and Smith Rowe. He is not the washed up old man that Willian, Cech and Luiz was.

It might not happen this summer, but I would be very surpised if we continue with Havertz, Vieira and Smith Rowe in the squad for too long. You would expect on of the two later players to be sold on.

Selling Smith Rowe for £40million would mean it has cost us a net £25million to upgrade to Havertz. That is fantastic business.

We began this blog by talking about how to improve the squad year on year:

Beginning of 2022/23: Saka, Martinelli, Odegaard, Vieira, Smith Rowe

Beginning of 2023/24: Saka, Martinelli, Odegaard, Havertz, Trossard

How about that for an upgrade?

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