Chelsea managed to beat Hull City 2-1 away from home on Saturday evening in the FA Cup fourth round – and some of the club’s supporters on Twitter picked out midfielder Mateo Kovacic for immense praise for his display.
The Blues earned a 2-1 victory against the Championship opposition to progress to the next round, but there is still plenty of work to be done in front of goal.
Michy Batshuayi gave Frank Lampard’s team an early lead and Fikayo Tomori added another with his header in the second-half, which turned out to be the winner.
But Kamil Grosicki’s deflected free-kick gave Hull a lifeline late on and Chelsea shouldn’t have been in a position where they had a nervous end to the game.
It’s been an issue all season when it comes to converting chances and possession in games, something that was once again a frustrating problem at the weekend that needs fixing as soon as possible.
A selection of Chelsea fans felt that Kovacic was dominant in the centre of the park and he did catch the eye against Hull.
The 25-year-old slotted into a deeper midfield role and produced some exquisite passes at times all over the pitch.
He’s not been a regular starter in the last month, but he showed at the weekend that kind of form he has captured during this season and why he can be a real force when in the side.
The Croatian central midfielder is so dynamic with his passing, dribbling and movement, something that made him stand out above the rest.
Here are some Blues fans on Kovacic:
Kovacic is Elite.
— Pys (@CFCPys) January 25, 2020
Kovacic is absolutely world class
— James. (@JHF_CFC) January 25, 2020
Kovacic may be the new Pjanic in this position, can actually evade pressure and pass forwards
— Atti (@CFCAtticus) January 25, 2020
Tbvvh Kovacic should be the undisputed starter for us
— Arnav Arora (@arnav20_cfc) January 25, 2020
Kovacic really is a baller! #HULCHE
— Abby Watson (@AbbyCFC) January 25, 2020
Kovacic absolutely running the game right now 💪 #CFC
— Paul (@PauloPanic) January 25, 2020
Kovacic is playing unreal
— Shaun (@CFCShaunnn) January 25, 2020
Kovačić having a training session so good on the eye man, keep my guy on the ball the only exciting thing at the moment.
— 🌬 (@CFCBrano) January 25, 2020