‘He’s very likeable’: Frank Lampard talks up Chelsea FC midfielder
Frank Lampard praises Mateo Kovacic following his recent form for Chelsea FC
Frank Lampard has praised Mateo Kovacic for the solid form he has shown for Chelsea FC this season.
The Croatia international has been a relatively regular fixture in the Blues starting line-up this season since Lampard was appointed as the club’s new manager in the summer.
Kovacic had made one assist in 11 Premier League appearances for the Blues ahead of Chelsea FC’s home clash with Crystal Palace in the Premier League.
The midfielder will now be hoping to hold down a regular spot in the first team at Stamford Bridge in the coming weeks and months as he helps the Blues push for a top-four finish.
Lampard admits that he has been delighted by what he has seen from Kovacic this season but he does admit that he would like to see him score more goals for the west London club.
Speaking in an interview quoted by Metro, Lampard said: “I think it’s commonplace for players coming from a foreign league to the Premier League to have a period of settling in,
“And I think with Kovacic I thought there were some really good signs and positives from him last year. The fact he was changing in and out of the team is never easy, I get that.
“And now as a manager I get that even more. I do think he feels at home now. ‘Not that I knew how he was last year but his personality shines through in the group.
“He’s a very likeable character with a nice tough side to him, in terms of how I see him on the pitch and off the pitch. He’s a really good player.
“He’s now signed to the club, I get that that can make someone feel happy, and he’s been playing really well.”
Asked if he thinks Kovacic should be scoring more goals, Lampard replied: “Yes. I do and he does.
“The quality he has shown in big parts this season, and I think the natural progression is goals and we are working on that one.
“You might see a big smile if he scores, not just from me but from the group because we know he has the quality to score and that will be the next step.”
Chelsea FC will return to Premier League action after the international break when they take on Manchester City away from home on 23 November.
The Blues are aiming to keep their place in the top four this season after they finished in third spot under Maurizio Sarri last term.