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Unsung Hero: Chelsea’s Mateo Kovavic deserved more recognition for his display against Norwich City

Unsung Hero: Chelsea’s Mateo Kovavic deserved more recognition for his display against Norwich City

Frank Lampard picked up his first three points as the Chelsea manager on Saturday when his side came away from their clash with Norwich City as 3-2 victors.

A brace from Tammy Abraham and a brilliant effort from Mason Mount were enough to send the Blues back to Stamford Bridge with maximum points for the first time, although goals from Todd Cantwell and Teemu Pukki made it a lot more difficult than the SW6 outfit would have liked on the day (Sky Sports).

The young English forward – who netted his first goals for the club (Transfermarkt) – was, perhaps, quite rightly named man of the match for his performance, however it appeared one man’s contribution to the side largely went unnoticed.

Mateo Kovacic appeared to have a solid game in the middle of the park for Chelsea but some of the player ratings in the national media would suggest he did not do a lot over the 90 minutes.

The Sun gave him a seven but stated he provided ‘nothing special’: “Nothing special. Bought as a goalscoring midfielder but yet to score for Chelsea – but he created the third goal with a fine pass.”

The Daily Mail were even harsher with their rating, suggesting that the Croatia international did nothing to earn himself more than a rather measly 6.5 out of ten.

Whether those two media outlets watched the game seems debatable, as Lampard and the Daily Express appeared to sing the former Real Madrid’s praises following the conclusion of the game.

The Express gave him a solid eight out of ten, stating: “One of his best performances in a Chelsea shirt, covering his defenders well with some snappy tackling and providing plenty of impetus with dynamic carries and incisive forward passes – including the assist for Abraham’s second.”

Lampard admitted to the club’s official website after the game that he had been impressed with Kovacic’s contribution and was delighted with his ‘all-round’ performance.

Indeed, the thoughts that the 25-year-old had one of his best performances in a Chelsea shirt could be backed up by the stats recorded by WhoScored.

According to their data, Kovacic provided one assist and two key passes, whilst defensively, he looked rather sound as well as he made four tackles in the game.

There would, perhaps, be an argument that Chelsea have not seen the best out of the World Cup runner-up during his time at Stamford Bridge – he has just three assists to his name in 55 appearances – however, if his performance against Norwich is anything to go by, then the Blues could be about to see the very best out of the 25-year-old.

Chelsea fans, what did you make of Kovacic’s performance against Norwich? Let us know your thoughts by sharing them below in the comments section!

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