Graham Potter raves about 'really important' Chelsea midfielder

'Really important': Graham Potter waxes lyrical about Chelsea player that's brilliant in one-v-one situations

Graham Potter has waxed lyrical about Chelsea’s Mateo Kovacic, claiming that he’s brilliant in one-v-one situations.

Kovacic, 28, is yet again proving his worth to the Blues squad this season.

The Croatian midfielder has had to deal with some small injury scares already, but has impressed during his 13 games across all competitions so far this campaign.

His latest bit of quality came in the midweek Champions League win over Red Bull Salzburg, scoring a ridiculous goal with his weaker left foot from the edge of the box.

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Kovacic in one-v-one situations

Chelsea boss Potter has showered his central midfielder with praise in a recent interview.

In particular, he’s highlighted the fact that he’s so effective ghosting past players one-v-one.

“Kovacic’s introductions have always been positive, whether it’s from the start or off the bench,” Potter said.

“He’s a fantastic person, great in the group, everybody knows his quality; he can take the ball, eliminate people in one-v-one situations. It’s nice for him to score as well. He’s a really important member of the group.”

Chelsea fans are fully aware what a good dribbler he is when he’s in full flow.

He may be a little underrated by rival supporters when it comes to his dribbling, though.

This Blues side under Potter want to be more progressive and quicker in their build up play, something Kovacic massively helps with with his ability to break the lines.

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The Evening Standard reports that Chelsea could start talks with Kovacic after the World Cup about a new contract at Stamford Bridge.

For certain, it would be a very wise move to get his long-term future secure because he could breeze into the starting XI’s of most teams around Europe.

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Dom is a Chelsea supporter who has worked in online publishing for more than six years. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016, he now writes exclusively for The Chelsea Chronicle covering news, analysis and match coverage. He enjoys the dream position of writing about his boyhood club, which seems to be involved in more drama every single day than an episode of The Bill. Aside from his love for Chelsea, he supports and follows the England cricket team. He also fancies himself as the Sunday League version of Michael Essien.