What role can Mateo Kovacic have at Chelsea next season?
Chelsea have added Mateo Kovacic to their squad for next season and he’s returned to Stamford Bridge after being on loan in West London last year.
The Blues have paid £40million (BBC) for the Croatia international from Real Madrid and he will need to step up massively to justify that price tag.
He played in 51 games across all competitions last season for Chelsea, but was underwhelming in Maurizio Sarri’s team and often didn’t complete 90 minutes.
The 25-year-old midfielder lacked a cutting edge in the final third and didn’t quite live up to expectation.
Chelsea fans should be pleased to have signed him considering a transfer ban is looming, so will they see a better version of Kovacic next season?
With Sarri leaving to become Juventus boss, there will be a new man at the helm and Sky Sports reports Frank Lampard will be named manager by Thursday.
Lampard’s first year in management at Derby County suggests he will play a different formation, with his preferred system a 4-2-3-1.
Kovacic could certainly benefit from a change of shape on the pitch and playing a deeper role will suit his game, as he’s tenacious with his defending and smart in possession.
The central midfielder doesn’t quite have the natural instincts in the final third, but could be someone Lampard needs in his squad and he has experience at the elite level.