Former Tottenham Hotspur boss Glenn Hoddle has been waxing lyrical over Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic.
So far this season, Matic’s teammate Cesc Fabregas has been the midfielder to win all the plaudits at Stamford Bridge following an excellent start since moving from Barcelona.
The Spanish international has racked up a number of assists, and with the ability to dictate the midfield he has brought a sense of creativity through the middle which was missing last season.
Whilst acknowledging Fabregas’s superb early season form, Hoddle felt that his fellow midfield partner Matic has been just as good yet hasn’t been given the recognition.
“Cesc Fabregas will be the centre of attention on Sunday against his former club. He has been outstanding since he came back but there is another player who has been just as good and is not as lauded. That’s Nemanja Matic," he wrote in the Daily Mail ahead of Chelsea's Premier League clash against Arsenal on Sunday.
“He brings balance and solidity to Chelsea and their improvement is as much to do with his arrival in January as the more celebrated signings, such as Fabregas and Diego Costa.
“When you talk about a midfielder in the mould of Vieira and Petit, then Matic is your man. He has that same rangy ability to tackle, the height to give you some presence and an ability to pass well. Perhaps Arsene Wenger will feel a little wistful watching him at Stamford Bridge.”
The Serbian international is in his second spell at West London having previously left the club to join Portuguese champions Benfica in the summer of 2011.
His fine form in the Iberian Peninsula persuaded Mourinho to bring him back to the Premier League, signing the 26-year-old on a five-year deal for a reported £21 million fee.