Some supporters were surprised when Chelsea opted to sign Mateo Kovacic on a permanent basis in the summer after an unconvincing first season at Stamford Bridge.
However, he has won over any doubters this campaign with a string of superb performances. The Croatian was one of the standout performers in the Blues’ 2-1 win against Aston Villa last night and supporters on Twitter have been quick to praise the midfielder’s form:
My player of the season thus far. Another awesome display tonight at a chilly Stamford Bridge. I thought 2 1 flattered Villa on night. Great goal by Mount too. Jack who??😊😏
— CFCFoss (@FossTony) December 4, 2019
He's an a absolute machine. What a Gem 🔝🙌
— MoFayz.18 (@Mo__CFC) December 4, 2019
He is now the engine of this powerful machine called Chelsea. The dude is in control, the chief wizard!
— JoeChips (@jchipanga) December 5, 2019
His passing in between the lines is so, so important.
— Mr Mayonnaise (@axelangelon) December 4, 2019
Helps the team dominate. Joy to watch.
— LondonBlue (@CHORLCRJ) December 4, 2019
Definition of consistent. Direct impacts on the scores and he will be out best Midfielder.
— Jedan (@JedanGh) December 5, 2019
Lol.. he's simply outstanding I must confess. On and on world class performance..
— BossBarry (@BarryBlues2) December 4, 2019
Unreal player. Couldn’t have asked for a better summer when getting him, absolute steal
— RJ 🦖 (@ReeceJamesSZN) December 5, 2019
Our best midfielder at the moment
— 𝐄𝐣𝐢𝐤𝐞 𝐖𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐚𝐦𝐬 (@Ejike_Williams) December 5, 2019
£45m was a steal in this current climate. He's still only 25!
— Callum Land (@CallumLand) December 5, 2019
Kovacic is now dictating play in midfield and was the key man as Chelsea stepped up the tempo in the second half. Manager Frank Lampard is certainly getting the best out of him with both his passing and runs on the ball being put to good use.
Fans are certainly glad that the club managed to secure the player permanently despite the club’s transfer ban. As they had agreed a £45m option to buy before the embargo, the fact that he was already registered to the club because of his loan spell, allowed him to sign on the dotted line.