Glenn Hoddle believes Chelsea star Mason Mount is one of the three players the England national team should be built around.
Despite having only made two assists in the Premier League this season, the 22-year-old actually ranks second in the competition in terms of expected assists (xA) per 90 minutes (0.42) among players with at least two starts (FBref).
At Chelsea, Mount also ranks first in terms of expected goal contributions (xG+A) in the league. Bear in mind, he has only had five league starts this term.
So, it is pretty easy to see why he is one of the first names on Thomas Tuchel’s team sheet.
However, not only Chelsea, Hoddle argued that the England national team should be centred around Mount, alongside Phil Foden and Declan Rice.
“Mason Mount is extremely talented as well,” Hoddle told BBC Sport.
“So with those two [Mount and Foden] to build around, we have really got something to go with in the next few years. The same applies to Declan Rice, who should become a fixture in the team.
“With those players involved then, whoever the opposition, the right balance is there.”
Chelsea ace Mount can consistently create, says Hoddle
The former Blues midfielder also refuses to categorise Mount and Foden as traditional number 10s, after comparing the two with Belgium superstar Kevin De Bruyne.
“They will work hard and do their defensive duties as well,” he added.
“What De Bruyne, [Jack] Grealish, Foden or Mount can do, which is to consistently create, is the toughest thing to do on a football pitch.
“Goalscoring is difficult too, of course, but if you are a number 10 now you have to score goals as well as make them.
“The pressure is always on them to produce something to change a game.”
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