Agreed, BUT, I am not so sure that even if he was still at Madrid that he would be 'cemented' as a starter on the team, and for me, that is the point, he had to go.You'll agree it's a bit easier to get into the Chelsea XI these days than it was getting into Madrid's XI 2-3 years ago.
Hey Nostradamus, what’s going on? Some lumps in the road initially but an automatic starter now although I wish he went to a different league rather then the EPL. But that’s just a personal note for development reasons.In other words, I fully expected him to play at Chelsea and eventually start getting the recognition his talent deserves.
Exactly, see what's going on here? See, see, see.. 🤣He's definitely going to be happier because he's playing regularly. At Madrid he had to wait for injuries or rotations to get into the XI.
Some good points.Yes, he didn't play in the CL finals but he did make some excellent contributions in the earlier stages. If you ask me whenever he played they didn't lose anything in terms of quality and cohesion with him in the XI. In their 4-3-3 with guys like Ronaldo and Bale up front and those attacking full backs the type of player Kova is perfectly suits that system. Kova just got sick of waiting around for a starting spot.
BUT - How important could he have been to Madrid if he did not play one second in two Champions League finals? He played well because he is a talented player, but the bottom line is the bottom line. His quality and skill levels are not in question.
Playing regularly versus not playing leads to improvement now matter how it is diagnosed.As I said above, him playing regularly is not in itself an improvement, Chelsea brought him in because they knew he had the quality to step right in. All those qualities you mention he also had them in Madrid and Inter. Obviously, maturity and experience will make him better, that's natural since he's still only 25.
Working versus not working
Dating versus not dating
Eating versus not eating
Fornication versus not phucking
Reading versus not reading
Socialization versus isolation
Continually getting back up from falling down
Production versus non-production
Happiness versus sadness
Existence versus nonexistence
The first noun is an automatic improvement over the second noun almost automatically.
In my brain I cannot see how playing regularly versus not playing is not an improvement. It's not the end-all or be-all, but it is an improvement. How many times does someone post on the form that they hope one of our players goes to a team where he can get playing time? That number is high for a reason.
There are layers to all this, there is no doubt.
Going to have to disagree, as he is a terrific final passer and distributor of the ball, he always has been.Yes, I said he's not consistent in providing that final pass.
There are many more examples of his distribution skills.
If that is your sales pitch it is not working my friend and I'm taking my business elsewhere.I don't watch full Chelsea games but I do catch all of his highlights.
Great point and applicable.Of course, these things aren't always a fair measure as he's always reliant on teammates to take advantage of his good work (a problem this season with an average Chelsea outfit).
His teammates let him down tremendously especially against Bayern, and his final passes were amazing, and Mason Mount I am looking at you for not being able to deliver on a few of those brilliant through balls and setups. And he was literally the only driving force in that midfield.
Going to have to disagree once again, and it is starting to smell a little like self-proclaiming rather than factual or objectiveness as it is abundantly clear that he does have enough of that to go around and I will explain further below.I still don't think he has enough decisive passing.
If you're 'decisive passing' scale is based on Luka Modric, then by all means, of course, he does not have enough 'decisive passing'.Comparing him to Modrić in his Spurs days when he wasn't scoring or assisting too much but was involved in almost all of their substantial attacking play.
Luka is on a different planet compared to most players, and it is not even fair to compare Kova to him simply stated. The man is a genius, a wizard, and such a joy to watch! A talent that does not come around very often.Whether it was getting it to the guy who makes the assist or always getting the ball into the most dangerous areas. And knowing when to play safe and when to take a risk.
Correct, he will be playing a deeper midfield role, a role to witch he is more suited.His lack of finishing polish bothers me the least. In terms of the NT, we're going to be using that 4-2-3-1 or maybe (eventually) a 4-3-3 and his position in those formations is going to be deep.
Our midfield depth is definitely not a problem. (Although Pasalic has shown zero, and I mean zero of what he does in league play when he gets called up for our national side - and it is not through lack of opportunity to deliver something resembling something. And until that day comes, which I am hoping it does, that is where he currently lives.)With the emergence of Vlašić, a genuine central AM who gets goals and plays direct, and Brekalo, Rebić, Pašalić who are those genuine attacking mid/wing options, the role of our CMs is clear cut.
Vlasic needs to be starting in the AM role going forward I believe, and depending on the opponent there can always be some tinkering done. (A great problem to have!)In previous years we've had to rely on the likes of Modrić and Rakitić to play that AM role, even on occasion Broz and Kova - with varied/limited success.
Our midfield talent depth is a great problem to have.IMO if Kova doesn't improve a lick from this day on, in combination with the emerging talent above we're still going to have a top class midfield.
I'm looking for confidence and consistency in his play. Not that I disagree, but if he achieves those goals he will come to a place that might allow him to flourish. And with regular playing time he might be able to make that happen.I'm just looking for that little bit extra from him. Would love to see a repeat of his Iceland performance once in a while.
Our midfield is stacked, quite obviously, but Kova is potentially going to have more work to do once Modric retires, and it would be nice to see him take the bull by the horns so to speak, and it would be nice to see him playing at top level.
I thought you said that his lack of finishing polish does not bother you? This is fine, and I would not say it bothers me per say, but there is room for vast improvement for certainty.
A perfect example of his lack of polish would be that same Iceland game performance you just mentioned. As much as it was so beautiful to watch him slalom through the entire Iceland team, he needs to finish by burying that final act/shot for a goal. That would have been one of the nicest goals in history, and it would certainly not have been too much to ask from any decent player to score in that one on one with the goalie. Players make mistakes, that is fine, but this is not a one-off display for Kova.
This is what has been quite the challenge for him as he totally blows that shot, let's be honest, which is what he is known to do.
In that same game, there is a great example that displays his great passing ability. That would be the lay off pass to Srna on the first goal earlier in that same game, the ball was on a saucer and could not have been handed to Dario any better.
In summary, you feel that Kovacic going to Chelsea and playing regularly is not an improvement, and I beg to differ as his confidence is going up as a result and his play is improving, the proof is in the pudding. He is playing the best nogomet of his life currently, not that his past performances were poor, but he has improved, according to pundits and fans alike.
You also feel that he does not have enough decisive passing in his repertoire which I cannot concur with, and have provided examples and explanations.
Also, you feel that his lack of polish/shooting skills is not bothersome to you.
Bothersome? Nope, I would have to agree on that.
His shooting skills can be amuerterish at critical moments and that does need repair to go to the next level as a player. It would elevate his play exponentially, without any hesitation.
Unequivocal room for improvement in that area for Kova, and it's not like the Iceland example is a one-off, his poor shooting happens quite frequently.
Looking forward to seeing how his career turns out as it looks to be going the right way.
As I was writing some of the responses to your comments, I had a flashback to another time and space, and during this sequence, I was unaware of my location in time.
For the life of me, I could not find out where I was. It turns out, I was in a vehicle on my way to deliver a pizza to the Eisenhower's. What the heck? 🤣
Have a good day my friend.