Mateo Kovacic joins Chelsea on a permanent transfer after blues decide to go ahead with the versatile Croatian midfielder. Also, we take a further look at how his signing will affect the midfield dynamics of the squad.
Chelsea have finally confirmed that Mateo Kovacic will be joining the club this summer in a deal worth €45 million for the former Real Madrid and Inter Milan player.
Kovacic spent the last season on loan with the blues after finding limited playing time in a star-studded Real Madrid midfield which consists of players like Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Casemiro, who are the trusted midfield three of Zinedine Zidane.
He impressed on occasions throughout the season and definitely looks a player with a lot of promise. A worrying trend about his performances was that he failed to bag a goal throughout the season in which he made 32 appearances for the club. His overall contribution while going forward was also always in question by the supporters and pundits alike since he managed a meagre 2 assists only.
He fared a bit better in the defensive aspect of the game although. He made a total of 122 recoveries throughout the season and had a tackle success of 64%. All in all his performance last season could be summed up as a strictly satisfactory one.
Video: Mateo Kovacic 2018/2019 Season Review
With Chelsea serving a two-window transfer ban, it makes more sense to acquire the services of the only player available since he was registered with the club much before the transfer ban was imposed. Overall, he is a pretty dependable player on and off the ball and was also a vital cog in the Croatian world cup team which reached the finals of the world cup.
His best years are still in front of him. Also, the fact that he will get to learn from one of the best midfielders in the premier league ever, the incoming Frank Lampard, Chelsea fans have all the right reasons to get excited over the future of our new signing.
Chelsea needs stability in the midfield with N’golo Kante as our only consistent player. Jorginho had trouble adapting to the league initially, and his performances were often criticized, especially by the fans who thought that Kante was a much better player at the base of the midfield. However, Maurizio Sarri was adamant that Kante is not as technically sound as Jorginho, which further infuriated the fans.
His performances gradually improved in the later part of the season when he was better suited to the pace and dynamics of the Premier League. His performance in the Europa League final against Arsenal was one of this best in a Chelsea shirt which eventually helped the club secure their only trophy of the season.
N’Golo Kante 2018/19 Season Review with Chelsea FC
Ross Barkley improved considerably as the season progressed, but his performances couldn’t earn him the complete trust of the fans or the manager, who would often swap him with Kovacic and vice versa.
Tiemoue Bakayoko has looked a better player overall while he was at AC Milan on loan. It must have come as a welcome boost for the player who was one of the most criticized ones during the final season of the Antonio Conte regime.
With Ruben Loftus Cheek out with a long term injury, the brightest prospect and the ones which Chelsea fans are most excited about is undoubtedly Mason Mount.
His performances for Derby County last season impressed everyone, and he instantly became a fan favourite over there. And with him having the chance to work with Lampard again, he would consider this as his best chance to break into the first team and prove his worth in the biggest league in the world.
The future looks exciting and promising for the club who are finally looking for the right mix of youth and experience in the team. With Lampard soon at the helm, he would consider this as a welcome headache when he has so many exciting prospects in front of him, especially in the midfield.
In case you have missed it, in another article we discuss about the striker options Chelsea have post transfer ban.