Joe Cole names two Chelsea midfielders among his Premier League top five
Former Blues Joe Cole mentioned two Chelsea players, Mason Mount and Billy Gilmour, among his top five midfielders of the season.
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has talents in abundance for the central roles this season.
Although N’Golo Kante’s and Ruben Loftus Cheek’s injuries may have limited his options, having experienced players such as Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic, as well as Mount and Gilmour.
Cole, who predominantly played as a wide midfielder during his playing career, was asked to pick five midfielders of the season.
He told the Daily Star: “It’s a real tough one but I’m going for Jack Grealish, James Maddison, Mason Mount, Phil Foden and Billy Gilmour.
“They are all very similar, handle the ball so well. All very much modern-day midfielders.
“They could be in any order. These guys are really pushing each other to get better. You can bet they’re all watching each other and trying to improve.”
Mount has been one of the first names in Lampard’s team this season with 29 appearances in the Premier League.
He has had his share of criticism, especially during his period of goal-drought. But his work rate on the pitch has won some Chelsea fans.
While teenage sensation Gilmour made headlines with back-to-back man of the match performances against Liverpool and Everton.
Although he stole the show in a holding role, Cole believes Gilmour will eventually play in a more advanced position.
He said: “Billy was terrific, a real talent. A cultured footballer. He can be what he wants. I like him in that midfield role.
“But I think he might eventually develop and play further up the pitch, like a ten. All Billy needs to do is keep his feet on the ground.
“He’s another massive asset for Chelsea. It will all come down to how he performs. Once you’ve got that shirt it’s up to you to deal with it.”