Mateo Kovacic was linked to numerous Premier League clubs during the summer transfer window, but in the end he moved to Chelsea on a season-long loan from Real Madrid.
All eyes are on manager Maurizio Sarri following his appointment as Antonio Conte’s successor.
The former Napoli boss recruited four new players, including Jorginho, who was heavily linked with a switch to Manchester City.
Kovacic was also rumoured to be on the radar of the reigning Premier League champions, but he has decided to test himself at Stamford Bridge.
On Saturday in the late kickoff, Kovacic was handed his debut as a 60th-minute substitute, replacing Ross Barkley.
The game was at 2-2 when the midfielder was introduced, and during his cameo, the Blues were able to snatch all three points thanks to an 81st-minute goal from Marcos Alonso.
It is unclear how much Kovacic will feature during his loan spell, but after his appearance against Arsenal, some Chelsea fans have raised their expectations.
— ★ kant3hólïc ★ (@kant3holic) August 19, 2018
— MrMojoRisin (@ImTheDuDe86) August 19, 2018
Kovacic, very wonderful inside and outside the pitch! My new crush!😍 #CFC
— Oragwu Newton (@OragwuEbuka) August 19, 2018
And yes really doesn’t change the fact that Kovacic had a great half an hour of Football. He was superb with the ball.
— Prakhar Maheshwari (@DrEliteCFC) August 19, 2018
Kovacic was great when he came on. Excellent with the ball, works hard and fits this system like a glove
— Steven French (@SteveFrenchCFC) August 19, 2018
Kovacic is the perfect player for that role man, him and Hazard linking up is gonna be dirty
— 🇺🇸 (@SumeetCFC) August 19, 2018
— 🇧🇪 (@BallerHazard) August 19, 2018
Plenty of positives about yesterday. This man getting his debut, demanding the ball, getting it forward quickly and making things happen was a sign of things to come.
Kovacic looking promising 👌🏼 pic.twitter.com/RTvoUmBwDd
— UP THE CHELS ⚽️🏆 (@UpTheChelsCFC) August 19, 2018
Kovacic wearing 17 reminded me of a young Hazard (yes – different positions) – the way he glides pasts players and his retention of the ball – along with his ability to play between the lines. Good start 😍 #CFC
— • (@l3ahpar) August 19, 2018