Forget Chelsea, join Spurs: Kovacic better off signing for Pochettino in 2019

2nd December 2018, Stamford Bridge, London, England; EPL Premier League football, Chelsea versus Fulham; Mateo Kovacic of Chelsea

Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly looking to pip Chelsea to Mateo Kovacic in 2019.

2nd December 2018, Stamford Bridge, London, England; EPL Premier League football, Chelsea versus Fulham; Mateo Kovacic of Chelsea

Tottenham Hotspur are expected to invest heavily in midfield reinforcements in 2019, and they are being linked with one huge move at the end of the season.

Spanish newspaper AS report that Real Madrid no longer want midfielder Mateo Kovacic, and are prepared to sell him at the end of the season.

Kovacic is currently on loan at Chelsea, and Maurizio Sarri's men are surely in the box seat for his signature – but Tottenham are thought to be keen on hijacking any move.

 

Kovacic would be an ambitious target for Spurs, and there would certainly an argument that he would be better off in North London than the West of the capital.

The Croatian international, 24, has been a regular under Sarri but he has yet to really live up to his billing, with fans feeling that he is neat and tidy but isn't affecting the game enough in Chelsea's midfield.

There is so much placed on Kovacic to be a creative, goalscoring midfielder given that he is playing alongside Jorginho and N'Golo Kante, but that isn't really the best role for him.

24th November 2018, Wembley Stadium, London England; EPL Premier League football, Tottenham Hotspur versus Chelsea; Moussa Sissoko of Tottenham Hotspur holds off Mateo Kovacic of Chelsea

At Spurs though, the creative and goalscoring burden rests with Christian Eriksen, Son Heung-min, Dele Alli, Erik Lamela or Lucas Moura, and Kovacic would be more likely to play in a deeper role as a replacement for Mousa Dembele.

That's much more like it for Kovacic, as he would be able to pick up the ball from deep and drive forward like Dembele whilst adding craft without being pressured to go forward as much as he is for Chelsea.

It would be bold for Kovacic to turn down a permanent move to Chelsea in favour of Spurs, but with Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Mason Mount coming through, Kovacic's role may be better suited to other players, whereas he could be an absolute star as Dembele's successor at Spurs.

Chelsea's Croatian midfielder Mateo Kovacic vies with Fulham's English defender Calum Chambers (up) during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Fulham at Stamford...

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