Frank Leboeuf believes Mason Mount is the only Chelsea player who should be considered undroppable in their front line following mixed performances from the attackers in the Porto win.
It is safe to say that Thomas Tuchel’s decision to, once again, set up his team without a natural No.9 on Wednesday raised some eyebrows.
He kept the two strikers; Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud on the bench and opted for Kai Havertz instead, with Mount and Timo Werner behind him.
While Leboeuf seemed happy with Chelsea’s overall strong performance, he was not as excited about their front line.
“I don’t think you can underestimate [Porto],” the former France international told ESPN FC.
“You still have to give a serious performance to go through and that’s what Chelsea did today.
“The job is not done yet, you have the [second-leg] — and Chelsea still have a problem up front, [although they] have kept winning, except for last week.
“There is one thing that we’re sure of, that Mason Mount should play every game.
“Because that guy makes the difference.
“[While] for the others, questions marks for all of them.”
Leboeuf made a fairly good point since statistically, Porto had a better game in terms of creating chances, but Chelsea had the quality to finish their chances through moments of individual brilliance.
The Portuguese side managed 12 shots (five on target), while Chelsea had six attempts and only three of which were on target.
Sadly, neither Werner nor Havertz managed any shot on target in the 65 minutes they were on the pitch.
Mount, who has scored more goals than any other Chelsea player (five) since Tuchel’s arrival, has arguably been their only consistent attacker.
This is of course a problem considering the numbers of attacking talents they have in their squad.