Chelsea star confident he can reach even more after registering 16 assists this season
Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount said he is aiming to improve his playmaking output despite already leading the assist charts at the club by quite a margin this season.
The 23-year-old finished the season with 13 goals and 16 assists in all competitions, making him by far Chelsea’s goal contributor.
He also reached double figures in both goals (11) and assists (10) in the Premier League and is the first Chelsea player to do so since Eden Hazard.
It is hardly a surprise that he retains the club’s player of the season award after also winning it last season.
Well, Mount believes he can add even more assists next season despite admitting that it is harder than scoring goals.
“I focus in on where I can improve, which is the assists side, because I’ve naturally got goals in me,” the England international reflected on his season (via the club’s official website).
“If I can get forward and arrive later into the box, as a midfielder I feel like I can score goals, if I’m working in training on the techniques as well.
“Assists can be a bit harder at times.
“It helps when you take set-pieces because it’s a big part of the game.
“You always see people asking whether set-pieces are an assist or not, but when you put the ball in the right position for your team-mate to score then it’s an assist.
“Nowadays when you look at the big, big games – the finals and semi-finals – how many goals are scored from set-pieces?
“It’s massive, and it can have a big effect on the game, so I’ve focused on that and then just tried to add more assists as well.”
Mount led both open-play and set-piece shots creation at Chelsea
According to Statsbomb (via FBref), Mount is indeed Chelsea’s best set-piece taker with five of his dead-ball passes leading to goals in all competitions.
However, he also completed 92 open-play passes which led to shots with 10 leading to goals.
To put into perspective, Reece James who ranked second in this area had 72 open-play passes that led to shots, with 10 leading to goals.
Assists also obviously rely on teammates’ goalscoring form which has been a big problem for Chelsea in general for the last few years.