Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard believes Mateo Kovacic can start scoring regularly because he now feels at home at the club.
Kovacic earned a permanent five-year contract at Chelsea after a loan stint from Real Madrid and he has improved under his new manager.
He has steadily become a fan favorite and Lampard feels his next step is to start banging in the goals.
His words, “It is commonplace for foreign players coming to the Premier League to have a period of settling in, that is normal,”
“From Kovacic, I thought there were some really good performances last year. The fact he was in and out the team is never easy but I do think he feels at home now.
“His personality shines through in the group and he is a very likeable character with a slightly, nice tough side to him on and off the pitch, and he is a really good player.
“Now the natural progression is scoring goals and we are working on that one. You might see a big smile if he scores, not just from me or him but from the group, because we know he has the quality to score and that will be the next step.”
On Zouma, “He [Zouma] and Fikayo have formed a really nice partnership and it is great to have Andreas back now, and Toni will be back, because you need numbers in those positions,” Lampard added.
“What Kurt has done, which is not easy, is to go out on loan and people then start to consider you something different from a Chelsea player.
“I never did. I told him very early in pre-season that he was part of my plans here and I believe in his qualities. I try to give him that confidence and he has got better and better as the season goes on.
“He is a bit of a leader in the group, strong physically to look at but a quality player, so I am delighted with how he plays.”
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