'For me': Craig Burley names Chelsea's new best front-three, his opinion has changed now

Craig Burley has named the three players he believes makes up Chelsea’s best front-three right now.

Speaking on ESPN, Burley selected Mason Mount, Timo Werner and Kai Havertz to form his attacking trident.

Of all the positions on the pitch, sorting out Chelsea’s forward line is arguably the most difficult.

It is the area most well-stocked, brimming with options of varying quality.

Alongside Mount, Werner and Havertz, Thomas Tuchel can call upon Hakim Ziyech, Romelu Lukaku, Christian Pulisic and Callum Hudson-Odoi.

Not a bad ensemble in the slightest.

But which trio functions best together as a unit?

Who is Chelsea’s best front-three?

Last night, Tuchel opted for a combination of Lukaku, Pulisic and Mount to unlock Leeds United.

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His decision worked a dream, as all three managed to get themselves onto the score sheet.

Mount started proceedings with a smart finish inside five minutes, before setting up Pulisic with an equally elegant assist.

Lukaku continued his mini purple patch late in the second half, waiting for the right moment to strike before smashing his shot into the Leeds net.

However, despite this marvellous showing, only one of yesterday’s goal grabbers earned a place in Burley’s front-three.

“I think recent form for me, and this would’ve changed three or four months ago, Havertz, Mount, Werner,” said the former Chelsea man.

Weighing up the options

Recent form is quite a loose term when speaking about the German duo.

Havertz hasn’t scored since the scorching 6-0 win over Southampton at the beginning of April.

Werner’s wait for a goal is a little shorter, netting in the 4-2 defeat against Arsenal, but that’s still four appearances without rippling the net.

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Lukaku meanwhile is on a run of three goals in two matches, whilst Pulisic made it three goals and assists in five Premier League outings on Wednesday.

So, if we are using Burley’s theory, the starting front-three for Saturday’s FA Cup final should be the same that tore up Leeds.

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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.