Joe Cole says £88k-a-week Chelsea player can provide ‘defensive cover’ for his country

Joe Cole has explained why he thinks Chelsea star Mason Mount can help provide “defensive cover” when playing for England. 

Mount, who’s already earned 26 senior caps for England, is a key player for his country.

The 22-year-old was named in Gareth Southgate’s latest squad for the November internatonal break, albeit his arrival has been delayed due to recent dental surgery.

Pundit Cole has been discussing how England can fit Mount, along with Manchester City duo Jack Grealish and Phil Foden, in the same starting line-up. 

He’s suggesting that Mount is someone capable of carrying out defensive tasks out of possession when playing for the Three Lions.

“Mount and Foden especially have shown they can provide defensive cover when needed for England. Grealish is doing that more at Manchester City under Pep Guardiola. So it is not as though you can’t trust them to do the job,” Cole told The Sun.

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Mount can adapt Chelsea role

For Chelsea, he’s been used in more advanced positions since working with Blues manager Thomas Tuchel in 2021. 

There is no doubt he’s got the qualities to play a more box-to-box midfield role, though. 

England have so much firepower in the final third, so perhaps using Mount a little deeper alongside Declan Rice is something for Gareth Southgate to consider.

Chelsea’s current £88,000-a-week star works extremely hard off the ball and is tactically astute, which is why he’s interchangeable in positions.

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Best form will come

Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola has even admitted that Mount hasn’t looked as good this season as the previous one.

In fairness, he’s been non stop for the last couple of years and a drop off after the summer with England is understandable. 

There are signs the creative playmaker is rediscovering his golden touch, which can only be good news for both club and country.

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