'I cannot help wondering': Chris Sutton has big question about Mason Mount after seeing his latest display
Former Chelsea striker Chris Sutton has questioned whether Mason Mount is clinical enough to be a reliable starter for England.
The 23-year-old has started all three of England’s games so far this summer, with Sutton claiming in his Daily Mail column he has not been good enough in front of goal to warrant that position.
The Three Lions have had a rather uninspiring international break so far, scoring just one solitary penalty in fixtures against Hungary, Germany and Italy.
Mount looked more promising in England’s fixture against the European Champions, but he couldn’t beat PSG shot stopper Gianluigi Donnarumma despite a number of attempts.
With England possessing an array of attacking talent, immediate criticism can come if the country are not on form, and Mount’s place is now under scrutiny, with the likes of Phil Foden and Jack Grealish waiting in the wings.
Sutton said: “I cannot help wondering is someone else would be more deserving of his sport because if you are to be an England regular, you need to provide a return and he is not doing that.”
Mount enjoyed his best season in terms of numbers last season, reaching double digits for both goals and assists in the Premier League.
Despite this, he has just four goals for his national team in 30 appearances, although he has appeared to win over manager Gareth Southgate.
There is absolutely room for Mount in this England setup. The challenge would be playing a style of football that suits his assets, similar to how the Blues operate.
Unfortunately, this query is not so easy to answer, with talented stars up and down the team also not being utilised properly.
Harry Kane and Foden look potential suitors to play alongside Mount in a front three, although all three like to be on the ball, causing a potential lack of space for everyone involved.
There is also the argument to play the 23-year-old as part of the midfield while continuing with the three at the back system.
This could certainly work, as it would allow a more natural winger such as Sterling or Grealish to occupy their side only, opening up space elsewhere on the pitch for everyone else.