According to Gianluca Di Marzio, Chelsea have reached a €50M agreement with Real Madrid over the transfer of midfielder Mateo Kovacic.
Kovacic spent the 2018/19 campaign on-loan at Chelsea under the stewardship of now former manager Maurizio Sarri, making 51 appearances.
The Croat played a prominent role in our success both in the Premier League and Europa League, but only because he was continually being picked.
Kovacic offered next to nothing in an attacking sense, failing to find the back of the net once throughout the season and posing little threat of doing so.
Now, footballers have their limitations, we would be ignorant not to acknowledge that. However, we’re talking about a €50M transfer here. Forgive us for expecting more.
While his passing is crisp and his ball retention impressive, we’re not entirely convinced that justifies such a degree of expenditure on a now 25-year-old.
You can be forgiven for having grown tired of the ‘play the youth’ campaigning, but we do have Mason Mount returning from loan, desperate for an opportunity.
Not to mention Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who although is now considered an important member of the squad, it hasn’t always been that way. He’s had to remain patient.
Both Mount and Loftus-Cheek have higher ceilings than Kovacic, purely because they have the potential to compete with the goal hauls of their soon-to-be manager.
Kovacic didn’t manage a single goal in 51 appearances. We have a holding midfielder in N’Golo Kante and Jorginho who can play deep. Why do we need another?
Even if the upper brass at Stamford Bridge are seeking strength in depth, Tiemoue Bakayoko’s loan with AC Milan has expired. Why not utilise him?
It seems bizarre to spend a reported €50M on a player who essentially failed to do what they set out to during their audition for a permanent role at Chelsea.
Not only that, the mere fact that Chelsea have decided to go ahead with this deal proves that they have learnt nothing from the mistakes they’ve made in the past.
Too often have the board provided our managers with players that they wouldn’t deem ideal acquisitions. This looks to be yet another of those instances.
We signed Michy Batshuayi soon before Antonio Conte arrived at Chelsea in 2016. The result? He was scarcely given an opportunity to feature and then left on loan.
If Di Marzio’s information is accurate, we’re set to sign Kovacic before Lampard, or whoever our next manager may be, has officially taken the reins.
Even if he gave the green light to the move, he hasn’t had an opportunity to assess his squad and determine whether a €50M expenditure in central midfield is necessary.
We feel as though it isn’t, rather its wasted cash and a further limitation to our youngsters’ chances of making it into our starting eleven on a regular basis.
What do YOU think, Blues?