Chelsea are currently blessed with a host of quality options in midfield and Real Madrid loanee Mateo Kovacic has made a positive impact so far at Stamford Bridge.

The 24-year-old has been a regular in Maurizio Sarri’s side so far this campaign and there are a number of fans who would love to see him sign on a permanent basis.

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The Blues have had some top midfielders over the years at the club and ex-Chelsea ace Michael Essien is fondly remembered.

Essien was a no-nonsense enforcer that won two Premier League titles in West London, but perhaps his greatest trait was it flexibility to slot into any position in the midfield three.

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So do Chelsea have their new version of Essien in the shape of Kovacic?

It’s still early days into Kovacic’s career at Chelsea, but he’s proving he is an all-rounded midfielder that can plug many holes for Sarri’s team.

The Croatia international looks a serious threat when in possession and has driving run forwards that can create space.

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Meanwhile, he’s got a great engine and work-rate too to slot into midfield alongside Jorginho and N’Golo Kante.

Essien was always a big-game player that turned up for the crucial fixtures for Chelsea and it will intriguing to see if Kovacic can develop his game to fill that same role.