Pat Nevin believes that Chelsea pair Mason Mount and Reece James are giving their club manager Frank Lampard a selection headache ahead of the next game, which is at home to Southampton on Saturday in the Premier League.
The Blues duo are both currently away on international duty with England, who face Denmark on Wednesday night before the players return to their respective clubs.
England started last week with a 3-0 win over Wales in a friendly and the two Chelsea players were used as substitutes in the game.
Gareth Southgate decided to start Mount at the weekend and he scored the winner in a 2-1 Nations League victory against Belgium, while James was given another appearance off the bench to earn his second senior cap.
Neither Mount or James played in Chelsea’s 4-0 win against Crystal Palace before the international break, but Nevin believes they have now left Lampard with a selection dilemma against the Saints.
“Had Reece James and Mason Mount not got those [England] caps over the past week, they might have come back to training at Cobham far from bubbly.
“As it is they will be buzzing, happy and confident, the perfect recipe for players to produce their best football. Because of this Frank has a very tough task picking the team for Southampton on Saturday with those two up for it as much as they have ever been. The favourite problem any manager ever has.“
Mount is a versatile attacking midfielder that appears to be being used higher up the pitch this season, both by his club country,
The 21-year-old had played every minute of Chelsea’s opening five games of the season across all competitions, which is why it was a surprise to see him as an unused substitute against Palace and he will realise there is a lot of competition in the squad now players are returning from injury.
He is certainly a player that Lampard likes, so it will be interesting to see if his England heroics can help him force his way into the XI against Southampton.
James, 20, is currently battling alongside experienced Blues captain Cesar Azpilicueta for the right-back position and it looks like the pair will be rotated throughout the campaign by the manager.
He’s certainly the long-term answer in the full-back position at Stamford Bridge, but will want to be the solution right now as well and he’s certainly one of the best young talents at the club.