Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has described Mateo Kovacic as a “unique” player in a glowing verdict about him.
Kovacic, who cost the Blues £40million (BBC), has been sidelined lately through injury.
However, the 27-year-old central midfielder has been really impressive yet again this campaign, especially since Tuchel’s mid-season appointment as manager at Stamford Bridge.
The Croatia international is a massive fan favourite with Chelsea supporters, as he’s a really eye-catching player that adds some extra guile on the pitch with his dribbling and movement.
Tuchel has highlighted the aggressive side of his game too, and always feels he’s such a reliable performer.
“Kova is a big, big loss with his ability to drive with the ball, his speed on and off the ball. He is such a positive character, a unique player and a genuine fighter. You can always rely on him in training and in the games. He has a big experience despite being still young,” Tuchel said, as quoted by Football London.
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If Kovacic can return in time for the upcoming two cup finals, it will be a serious boost to the Chelsea squad.
He’s a brilliant midfielder who competes with N’Golo Kante, Jorginho and youngster Billy Gilmour for a spot in the XI.
Tuchel makes a great point about the Croatian’s aggression, as he’s someone that never pulls out of a tackle and is a warrior that leaves everything on the pitch for his team.
There are so many Chelsea players that have been consistent since the new manager moved to English football for the first time, and Kovacic has to fall into that category.
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