At Sporting he played regularly during their 2016-17 relegation campaign but there were reports he suffered a strange injury – straining a muscle in his backside after falling asleep in an awkward position on the team coach.
After starting off in the first team picture with the Super Lig giants, injuries struck again. Torn ankle ligaments and a thigh muscle rupture restricted him to just 58 minutes of first team action after October 2019.
When analysing the Leeds game, Thomas Tuchel will have seen how no outfield player in his team completed more than 90 percent of their passes, how they were outrun by Marcelo Bielsa’s side and how they lacked any kind of creativity.
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Of course, Kante is unique and adds to defensive qualities. Kovacic, like Jorginho, is one of three midfielders able to play consistently at the highest level, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek not yet ready for a starting role.
Furthermore, the Blues are shooting themselves in the foot with the contracts of Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Cesar Azpilicueta and Thiago Silva all set to expire at the end of the season.