Kovacic versatility hailed by Lampard

Frank Lampard has been impressed by the versatility of Mateo Kovacic.

He said, “I think he can do both [attacking and defensive] roles. We changed the midfield around and rotated it in terms of how we’re playing — I never want it to be absolutely structured — and there’s games he’s played well as part of a two and he’s almost doing a bit of both roles. I think he can do it very well.”

“I watched him last year and liked him from afar. It wasn’t the easiest year for him — sometimes he started, sometimes he didn’t — but I just saw an actual talent in the way he can take people out of the game in midfield and he travels really quickly with the ball and can play really nice combinations.

“But there are other parts of his game that we want to improve. We want to see him score more goals and when he’s in deep defensive areas, of course he has to be very aware to pick up runners and do that job as well.”

“For the development of him, and we’ve got a really good relationship, he loves to talk about his game and he’s very intelligent, he listens when you speak to him, and I think he can get better at all parts of it. He’s very talented and I love working with him and I want to help him improve because he’s important to us.”

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