The Croatian midfielder is barely renowned for his art in the final third, however, he thinks he has the best manager to add those qualities. Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic believes he is working with the ideal manager in Frank Lampard to add the qualities to his game that he is presently missing.

The most notable of these is that the art of goal-scoring, together with the Croatia international hardly renowned for his prowess in the final third of the area. The 26-year-old failed to find the target throughout a season-long loan in Stamford Bridge at 2018-19 but still did enough to make a permanent move from Real Madrid.

He’s off the mark to the Blues, with two efforts listed this term, but has only troubled the scorers on 21 events in his 367 club looks thus far.

Kovacic can assert that he is not chosen to provide that kind of threat, together with his worth found in ball-winning and ball-playing departments. He is, nevertheless, eager to make himself a much more rounded celebrity and believes that Lampard — who scored 211 goals for Chelsea — might be the guy to unlock further potential.

“I believe from the first moment our perception was great. I liked the way he was training us, actually difficult training, I liked his character, how he had been speaking to the group.

“I think I can learn a lot from him because most of the things I am missing from my game – scoring goals and being more direct, this is what Lampard was amazing in his profession. So he’s a fantastic manager, a great person and I think I could learn a lot from him during my time here.”

Lampard is considered to have enhanced most of those currently at his disposal, with the likes of Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, and Antonio Rudiger flourishing under his guidance.

Kovacic has also earned plenty of plaudits, was given a slightly different function this season, together with all of those at Stamford Bridge currently waiting on the green light to be awarded for Premier League action to resume following the coronavirus pandemic.