Mateo Kovacic moved to Chelsea last summer on a season long loan, and has featured heavily this season, making 32 appearances so far.

It has been suggested that both Kovacic and Chelsea might look to make his transfer permanent in the summer. However, looking at his record so far, Chelsea’s management may decide not to.

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Poor Output

This season Kovacic is yet to score for the Blues, and has only two assists.

Lining up next to N’Golo Kante in midfield, Kovacic plays in the same role that Marek Hamsik filled for Maurizio Sarri’s Napoli side.

Under Sarri, Hamsik averaged almost 10 goals and eight assists per season. Kovacic has not been able to provide the attacking threat from midfield that Sarri needs.

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Competition

Kovacic is not the only promising young midfielder at Chelsea. Ross Barkley has rotated with him in midfield, and Ruben Loftus-Cheek has had some strong performances.

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Statistically, both have outperformed the Croatian. Loftus-Cheek has six goals, while Barkley has three goals and five assists. Given this competition, it is hard to argue that Kovacic has done enough to justify his transfer fee.

Chelsea should be content to say goodbye at the end of the season.