Chelsea star Mateo Kovacic’s performance against Norwich at the weekend showed leadership skills akin to Frank Lampard and John Terry, according to Garth Crooks.
Kovacic’s time at Chelsea began last summer when he was signed on loan from Real Madrid.
His lacklustre performances left supporters a little disgruntled but the club signed him for £40million this summer before Lampard became Blues boss.
And under Lampard, Kovacic has shown himself to be a industrious player, highlighted brilliantly against Norwich in a 3-2 win last Saturday.
Crooks believes the Croatian’s decision making was so good, that he was reminded of the way that the likes of Lampard, Terry, Didier Drogba and Michael Ballack went about their business at Chelsea.
“Since the departures of Didier Drogba, Michael Ballack, John Terry and Frank Lampard, Chelsea have lacked leadership on the pitch,” he told the BBC.
“The arrival of Mateo Kovacic at Stamford Bridge didn’t convince me that anything had changed until his performance against Norwich.
“In the absence of N’Golo Kante, the Croatia international looked immense.
“I knew he could tackle, compete and was full of enthusiasm but I didn’t think he could play.
“Every time I watch him at Stamford Bridge, he plays the ball everywhere apart from where it should have gone.
“His performance against Norwich proved he is much better than that.
“His manager Lampard may have discovered a player here.”
Kovacic has yet to score for Chelsea but is seriously impressing under Lampard, whose win over Norwich was his first competitive victory as manager of the west London club.
Chelsea’s next game comes against Sheffield United on Saturday at 3pm.