Conor Gallagher claims Chelsea’s Mateo Kovacic is “very underrated” and so good in training.

Kovacic, 28, has established himself in recent years as one of the standout players at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues midfielder has turned out to be a £40million bargain from Real Madrid, winning so much for the Blues since he joined.

It’s worth highlighting that Raheem Sterling admitted Kovacic was the player he couldn’t wait to play with when he joined Chelsea in the summer.

Despite being highly rated by his peers, it does still feel like he’s underrated by some rival supporters.

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Kovacic is underrated

Gallagher has shared that Kovacic is a real standout individual in Chelsea training, who can be “aggressive” with his game.

When asked by JD OFFICIAL who gives him the toughest test in training, Gallagher named Kovacic: “I feel like he’s very underrated. He’s not very nice to play against in terms of how sharp he is and how nippy and kind of aggressive he is as well. He is someone you watch train and think, ‘That’s the level.’

Gallagher walked into a senior dressing room at Chelsea this summer stacked with top-class individuals, with Kovacic certainly near the top of that list.

Don’t be surprised if the Croatia international shines at the World Cup for his country during the next few weeks.

Blues supporters will just hope the talented central midfielder returns fully fit because he’s so vital.

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Chelsea boss Graham Potter is clearly still trying to work out his best side and formation, but Kovacic needs to be central to his plans.

His ability to break the lines with his dribbling or passing should make him a real asset in Potter’s XI.

A lot of Chelsea stars have been performing well below their best this season, but it’s not a criticism you can really fire at Kovacic.

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