Kai Havertz becomes youngest player in history to reach 50 appearances in the Bundesliga

With that deadly, determined in-game gaze, the previously affable, almost timid teenager Kai Havertz is immediately transformed. As a 17-year-old, the Aachen-born boy became Bayer Leverkusen’s youngest top-flight player and goalscorer, appeared in 24 Bundesliga games and made his UEFA Champions League debut for Die Werkself at Wembley. Now, in a league notorious for the […]

With that deadly, determined in-game gaze, the previously affable, almost timid teenager Kai Havertz is immediately transformed.

As a 17-year-old, the Aachen-born boy became Bayer Leverkusen’s youngest top-flight player and goalscorer, appeared in 24 Bundesliga games and made his UEFA Champions League debut for Die Werkself at Wembley.

Now, in a league notorious for the array of young talent gracing its pitches, Havertz is about to become the youngest player in Bundesliga history to make 50 appearances. On Saturday, against Eintracht Frankfurt, he reached the mark at 18 years and 307 days old.

Pundits and professionals alike see a star in the making, but Havertz is keeping his steely stare on the step-by-step process that is certain to lead to success.

“Quite a lot has happened to me that you start to think and ask yourself, is this really happening?” the recently turned 18-year-old said.

In his first season in the first-team, Havertz scored four goals and claimed six assists in 24 outings. These performances led to him signing professional terms at the club he originally joined as an 11-year-old.

Rapidly developing a reputation for his astonishing technique, flawless ability using both feet, superb reading of the game, strength in the air and overall confidence, excitement abounds as to what the coming campaign holds for Leverkusen’s wily wunderkind.

“Kai has exceptional abilities and is already blessed with a footballing maturity that sets him apart from other players of his age,” Leverkusen’s sporting director Rudi Völler said of the former Germany Under-16 and U-17 star.

“I’ve never seen such a complete player at the age of 17,” club captain Lars Bender added.

This season he has already made the same number of appearances, and has surpassed his assist total from last season with seven, as well as notching three goals. His incredible goal against RB Leipzig on Matchday 29 is arguably he highlight of the season, as he found space on a Leverkusen counter-attack and after being found by Leon Bailey, buried a left-footed volley beyond Peter Gulacsi.

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