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Chelsea’s Player of the Year, protecting N’Golo Kante, and loads more…

Seven things we learned

Guten Tag, Chelsea fans.

The Bundesliga’s return has got the better of me… still, at least there is some footy for us to be watching!

Let’s take a break from the German top flight for five minutes and talk everything Chelsea that’s happened over the past few weeks.

LEARNING FROM THE BEST

At the beginning of the season I questioned the club for spending £40million on Mateo Kovacic.

Oh, how wrong I was…

Our midfield maestro is on his way to winning Chelsea’s Player of the Year and he thinks a lot of his improvements this season are down to Frank Lampard.

The Croatian midfielder’s style is actually quite far removed from how Frank used to play the game.

Kovacic is dynamic and carries the ball brilliantly, while Lampard’s game was more about direct running and goal scoring.

Our number 17 recently said that Super Frank is the perfect role model having possessed the qualities that he aspires towards.

The 26-year-old said, “I think I can learn a lot from him because all the things I am missing from my game – scoring goals and being more direct – this is the thing Lampard was amazing at in his career.”

A goal-scoring Kovacic is certainly a scary prospect for the rest of the Premier League.

Is Mateo Kovacic on his way to the Player of the Year award? Or does someone else deserve the trophy? Let me know –

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LONDON’S FINEST

Bacary Sagna has confirmed what all us Chelsea fans already knew this week.

The former Arsenal defender has said how the Gooners used to fear Chelsea, despite the teams not being worlds apart on the pitch.

The likes of Drogba, Lampard and Costa inflicted enough pain on Arsenal over the years so it is good to hear from the horse’s mouth just what a threat our ‘rivals’ considered us to be.

The French left back said in a recent interview that, “Maybe in our heads they were bigger players than us”

He went on to say: “I believe we under-evaluated ourselves. Playing for Chelsea image-wise was always different.”

While Arsenal had the style, Chelsea’s substance clearly put fear in our opponent’s eyes.

As we approach the one-year anniversary of the Europa League final, it’s nice to hear Arsenal players of years gone by feared Chelsea the same as the current crop from North London presumably do.

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BACKING N’GOLO

If there is one thing no one can question, it’s whether N’Golo Kante is a good bloke.

The man is universally adored and is the last player who would do his best to avoid playing or upsetting the regime at Chelsea.

Neymar gets himself booked or injured in time for his sister’s birthday each year – bit weird, right? – but Kante is no Neymar.

Our World Cup winner looks to set to miss the rest of the Premier League season should ‘Project Restart’ get the green light.

And if he doesn’t feel right playing, who are we to tell him otherwise?

Kante lost his father as a boy and his brother shortly before winning the 2018 World Cup.

So if he doesn’t feel comfortable playing through a pandemic, we should definitely respect his decision.

A lot of people have had their say on the matter, with the masses on Twitter demanding he play because of his astronomical wages.

I’m sorry, despite what Bill Shankly once said, football is not more important than life or death.

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CASH TO SPLASH

The transfer market is soon to be open and it looks as though we have a big ol’ piggy bank to dive into.

We have still got the £100m from the Hazard transfer to spend and the sale of Alvaro Morata and the imminent departure of Bakayoko means we *should* have around £200m or more to spend this summer.

Whether of not the club feel the time is right to spend big remains to be seen.

After the farce in January, where the club fought tooth and nail to get a transfer ban lifted, to only then not sign anyone, I am not too confident we will be going all out.

But with other clubs suffering throughout the pandemic it is good to see we are in a position to make some inroads during the transfer market.

We have turned a huge profit this season and even if we don’t spend too big this summer, it’s good to see the finances are very much in order at Stamford Bridge.