'Class': Hasselbaink names the two current Chelsea stars he would love to play with

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink picked Mason Mount and Reece James as the two current Chelsea players who would have enjoyed featuring alongside.

Speaking on the Signathon YouTube channel, Hasselbaink selected the pair of academy graduates as his preferred choice of teammates from Thomas Tuchel’s squad.

Good choice from Jimmy

Any former Blue would profit from playing with the English duo.

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Mount manages to weave the midfield and attack together by picking up spaces in between the opponent’s defensive lines.

His energy also helps start and sometimes finish the press, enabling the side to win back possession high up the field.

The 22-year-old really is a manager’s dream, not to mention a godsend for his co-workers.

James meanwhile has the crossing capability that any full-back – let alone winger – would die for.

Either from dead ball situations or on the move, the defender usually finds his target with deadly accuracy.

And he’s not too bad at striking a ball, either.

“From the current squad, two players. Mason Mount and Reece James. Because I think they can set me up to score a lot of goals,” admitted Hasselbaink.  

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“They are class players. Came through the academy.

“Reece James, wicked right foot from the right. I think if you make the good runs and he finds you, I think you will score a lot of goals.”

James and Mount the main men

Tuchel’s men have already benefitted on five occasions this season from James’ delivery.

Mount is only one behind his fellow countryman for the assist count, but does sit one goal in front.

Statistically, they have been Chelsea’s most dangerous attacking outlets in 2021/22.

Their numbers might be higher if Hasselbaink was still leading the line at Stamford Bridge.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.