Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric believes Chelsea manager Frank Lampard can help his Croatia teammate Mateo Kovacic improve his goal-scoring record.
End product has always been one thing Kovacic lacks in his repertoire.
Even in 2019/20, when he was voted Chelsea’s Player of the Season, he ended the campaign with just two goals and three assists in all competitions.
Not that the majority of Blues fans really mind about his lack of output though; the award suggests they rate the 26-year-old highly despite his goal-scoring record.
For Kovacic, it is one thing he stresses about, however, as mentioned by his compatriot and former Real Madrid teammate Modric.
“A little bit, he was a bit obsessed about not scoring goals,” Modric told the Times about whether he teased Kovacic during his 82 league-game goal drought from January 2017 to December 2019 when he finally scored for Chelsea against Everton.
“But I tell him to just relax and not think about it and that goal will come suddenly and it will open his account.
“He just needs to think about how to help the team and impose his game on the pitch and if goals come it is a big plus, he does not need to be obsessed.”
Modric argued that it is normal for a midfielder to want to score goals but, now the Chelsea midfielder has ended his goalless streak, he believes Kovacic will eventually score more.
“But hopefully it won’t take two years! I am sure it will not,” Modric joked.
“I think he can improve, and what is important for him is that he has a coach who was one of the best midfielders in England and under him, he can grow even more.”