'So important to this team': Some Chelsea fans hail 27-year-old star's display in 3-1 win vs Aston Villa

Chelsea came from behind to beat Aston Villa in their Boxing Day fixture – and some Blues fans on Twitter were really impressed by the cameo performance from Mateo Kovacic.

Chelsea secured a 3-1 away win against Villa in the Premier League, which has temporarily drawn them level with second-placed Liverpool.

Reece James unfortunately netted an own goal just before the half hour mark to give the hosts a lead. However, Jorginho converted from his spot-kick soon after to level the contest at 1-1 before half time.

Romelu Lukaku’s introduction as a half-time substitute made a massive difference, as he put Thomas Tuchel’s side ahead in the 56th minute with a great header from a Callum Hudson-Odoi cross. Finally, Jorginho scored a stoppage time penalty to wrap up three points after Lukaku was fouled in the box.

It’s been a tough run lately for the Blues, but they showed great character in Sunday’s win.

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Chelsea fans applaud Kovacic

A selection of Chelsea supporters on social media loved the cameo display from 27-year-old Kovacic in the second half this evening.

The Croatian midfielder replaced N’Golo Kante in the 63rd minute and he had enough time on the pitch to make a positive impact.

For instance, he was robbed of an assist late on when he superbly set up teammate Hudson-Odoi in the penalty box. He’s had a stop-start season because of injuries and illness, but he’s an excellent dribbler that injects quality in the centre of the park.

There is a lot more comfort in the squad when senior midfielders Kante, Kovacic and Jorginho are all available at the same time.

Here are some Blues fans discussing Kovacic:

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