Creativity in the Premier League proved Chelsea’s big weakness last season. After Eden Hazard, who amassed 15 assists in the Premier League, Willian was the next best with just six assists. This is a shocking statistic for Chelsea, who relied on the Belgian international far too often last season. So it seems the club are in need of creativity, and with a ban in the next two transfer windows, where will Chelsea find the creativity needed to unlock stubborn Premier League defences?
The answer is easy. Chelsea can find this creativity in the shape of a youth team player, Mason Mount. The England under-21 international was in sensational form last season, helping loan club Derby County reach the Championship play-off final. Mount scored 11 goals and created a further six, including scoring a crucial goal in Derby’s 4-2 semi-final second leg play-off win against Leeds United.
If his stint in the Championship doesn’t make you think Mount is the player required, then I implore you to go back and review the youngster’s performances against Manchester United and Chelsea in the Carabao Cup last season. Mount was superb against Premier League opposition, which shows he’s ready to make the step up.
It’s clear to see that Mount has the talent required to play in the number 10 position, however, with Frank Lampard seemingly on his way to Chelsea, the 20-year-old will seemingly get to continue his playing career alongside the manager who made his thrive for Derby last season. Mount is like any number 10 and has a very good eye for a pass.
Along with the experience of playing with the manager looking to take over at Chelsea, Mount will be surrounded by experienced players at Chelsea. Players like N’golo Kante, Willian, and Pedro have enjoyed trophy-laden careers, and will only help Mount thrive in his role in the Chelsea team.
With Cesc Fabregas having been sold to Monaco in January, there’s no option to currently fill the void in the creative midfield slot. Mount is the perfect solution for a Chelsea side who struggled to create last season.