Mateo Kovacic
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In his press conference ahead of yesterday’s game against West Ham, Maurizio Sarri declared that he wanted to make Mateo Kovacic’s loan from Real Madrid a permanent move.

Earlier this season, that would have been a no brainer. But seeing more of Kovacic has convinced plenty of fans that he’s not the answer.

The Croatian’s debut as a sub against Arsenal at the Bridge way back in the Autumn showed his immense quality between the lines and his technical skill on the ball.

But as the season has gone on, it is his limitations rather than his positives that we’ve seen more of. His neat and tidy passing is pretty, but too often ineffective. He doesn’t provide enough goal threat, and options like Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek have proven superior.

So you can see why fans are split over Sarri’s desire to make him a full time member of the squad. It seems to us that if he’s just going to be a Jorginho backup, you could get one a lot cheaper – or even find one in the youth academy.

Spending big money in a position where we already have a lot of options doesn’t seems like a great move strategically.

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