Chelsea star Mason Mount has claimed that his favoured position is as a central midfielder, as he feels it brings the best out of his game.
The 21-year-old is a super talent that originally developed through the Blues academy and he became an important first-team player at Stamford Bridge last season.
Despite the arrival of some quality new faces during the recent summer window, the England international has remained a key figure in the plans of manager Frank Lampard and has featured in all but one of the club’s games so far this season.
He’s a versatile ace that can play in a number of different positions and Lampard has used him fairly frequently in wide positions where he shows relentless energy.
But he’s been deployed as a box-to-box central midfielder in recent games with N’Golo Kante sat behind him and he’s looked right at home.
Mount explained that his recent midfield position is where he considers himself to be at his most effective:
“I’ve played midfield my whole life. I’ve varied between playing a bit more forward in a No 10 position but I always kind of see myself as a No 8,” Mount said, as quoted by the Guardian.
“I’ve definitely got longer passing in my locker and you can bring that out more when you’re playing in that No 8 position. I do like that [central] role. It allows me to build up play with the ball and also get forward and join the attack.”
It still looks like Lampard is trying to find his best formula, but recent results show he’s on the right track and the team is beginning to take shape.
There is a real trust from the manager in Mount and it’s great for a player to have that belief every single time he steps foot on the pitch.
There is certainly a great look to the Chelsea midfield with Mount and Kai Havertz playing in front of Kante, but the question is whether that combination can work against the top teams.