'Actually looks undroppable': Pat Nevin amazed by £150k-a-week Chelsea star who looks 'exceptional' right now

Pat Nevin has described Chelsea star Mateo Kovacic as “undroppable” right now for big games given his current form.

Kovacic, who earns £150,000-a-week, has looked in incredible touch since returning from a six-week absence.

The 27-year-old midfielder returned mid-December to the Blues line-up and is recapturing the kind of form he showed earlier in the season.

He’s been contributing offensively, scoring two goals and making five assists in 20 appearances this campaign. Most importantly, he’s been gliding around the pitch in possession like he’s on the playground and is the very heartbeat of Thomas Tuchel’s side.

Nevin believes the Croatia international has to be in the best Chelsea XI right now in huge showdowns. Incidentally, the club’s next two games this week are against Tottenham in the Carabao Cup, as well as Manchester City in the Premier League.

“Mateo Kovacic was able to show why there is such an incredible gulf in class [against Chesterfield], all on his own. He is having an exceptional spell right now and considering the battle for that midfield berth, he actually looks undroppable for the biggest games on this form,” Nevin wrote.

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Kovacic the Chelsea star

Alan Shearer recently hit the nail on the head by describing Kovacic as “brilliant in every department”.

He’s an absolute colossus in the Blues midfield when he’s playing like this and people are quick to forget he’s a former Chelsea Player of the Season.

It leaves manager Thomas Tuchel with a real headache which two midfielders to start out of Kovacic, Jorginho and N’Golo Kante when all are fit, albeit he’s shown the trio can work together in certain games.

Kovacic’s ability to break lines with his direct dribbling is such a key feature to the starting XI and it feels the team play a quicker tempo when he’s pulling the strings.

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