Ex-Chelsea manager and player Glenn Hoddle has ripped Mateo Kovacic to shreds for the impact he’s making at Stamford Bridge this campaign.

The 24-year-old midfielder is currently on a season-long loan with the Blues from Spanish heavyweights Real Madrid and has been frequently used by manager Maurizio Sarri.

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He’s been involved in 38 games across all competitions this season after starting in the 3-0 win over Dynamo Kiev on Thursday night in the Europa League last-16 first leg tie.

BT Sport pundit Hoddle has heavily criticised the central midfielder for his lack of goal involvement though and believes he’s blocking the path of Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

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“I don’t know what he (Kovacic) does for Chelsea, I really don’t,” Hoddle told BT Sport.

“He’s played 37 games Kovacic and he’s not scored a goal. I’ve not seen him create anything. That’s a classic example of the foreign players stopping our English players coming through and getting opportunities.”

Kovacic is an eye-catching footballer that is technically gifted on the ball and does provide good energy in the centre of the park.

But zero goals and just two assists in a Chelsea shirt is an abysmal return and he needs to be providing much more to warrant a start.

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N’Golo Kante has managed to adapt his brilliant defensive game to at least provide something going forward and he looks a greater attacking threat than Kovacic, while Jorginho is in the team as the deep-lying playmaker.

The Croatia internatonal keeps it tidy in possession and shows some real glimpses of quality, but his spot in the team is coming over a player in Loftus-Cheek that would provide so much more.

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