A selection of Chelsea supporters have been impressed with the performances of midfielder Mateo Kovacic under the tutelage of manager Frank Lampard this season.
The Croatian was not a favourite among the large section of the fans during the temporary stint last season and his permanent move from Real Madrid during the summer was met with a mixed reaction.
With the start of the new season, Kovacic has been in-and-out of the starting lineup, but he has generally been effective with his displays from the centre of the park, where he has been offered the freedom to push forward.
The end product has been something which has been regularly questioned, but during the recent league trip to Norwich City, Kovacic came up with a sublime long-range pass assist for Tammy Abraham’s winner.
As such, a number of Blues supporters have been left impressed with the midfielder’s efforts and a few of them have taken to Twitter to appreciate the Croatian’s showing during the opening weeks of the season.
Kovacic is a absolute freaking baller!!
My favorite player in a Chelsea shirt rn.
Rolls Royce 🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/Btn1ZPYEck
— SINGA (@PBX1_ChelseaFC) August 24, 2019
For the past 7 seasons, Chelsea had by far the best dribbler in the league in Eden Hazard. Hazard's now gone, but Chelsea have still got the best dribbler in the league. Mateo Kovačić, his ball retention & ability to drive forward from deep is on another level. Special talent.
— FutbolChelsea (@FutbolCheIsea) August 26, 2019
Kovacic is unreal. Top, top player.
— 🌹 (@CarefreeRash) August 24, 2019
After watching that Match of the day analysis of Kovacic’s game, I stick by my word that he complements Kante better than Jorginho does. Super performance from the Croatian. 🔵 #CFC pic.twitter.com/slEUGGpo1S
— CFC-Blues (@CFCBlues_com) August 24, 2019
Kovacic under Lampard is a great, great player.
— The Blues (@TheBlues___) August 24, 2019
N’Golo Kante missed the recent 3-2 triumph at Norwich with an ankle sprain and the Frenchman may not return to the fray until after the international break with Lampard unlikely to take a risk with the fitness of the World Cup winner.
In this case, Kovacic seems certain to accompany Jorginho in the centre of the park when the Blues entertain Sheffield United at Stamford Bridge this weekend. The Croatian may still have to drop to the bench when Kante returns to the mix unless Lampard opts to play with a three-man central midfield.