'Lost a bit of confidence': Craig Burley thinks 23-year-old Chelsea player is struggling on the pitch right now

Craig Burley has suggested that Chelsea’s Mason Mount is struggling with his confidence on the pitch right now.

Mount, who turned 23 this month, has recently hit a quiet spell in what’s been a positive season from him so far.

The attacking midfielder has seven goals and six assists in 29 games across all competitions this campaign, which means he has more goal contributions than any of his Chelsea teammates.

However, he’s not quite been as effective as usual in the last few weeks.

Blues manager Thomas Tuchel opted to name the England international on the bench for the weekend’s 1-0 defeat to Manchester City before bringing him on late on. He’s pretty much an ever-present in the XI but was left out of the weekend’s Premier League showdown.

ESPN Pundit Burley has highlighted a noticeable dip of the 23-year-old’s levels:

“Mount, out of form. Lost a bit of confidence, maybe a bit of sharpness,” Burley told ESPN.

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Mount will silence any Chelsea doubters

Yes, Mount’s perhaps looked a little jaded in some recent matches and a rest makes sense. It seemed an odd choice from Tuchel to pull him out of the firing line against Man City, though.

There are no other Chelsea attackers raising their hand up showing they should be on the pitch more, so Mount should be confident of restoring his spot quickly.

It looks a great opportunity for him to try impress against Brighton on Tuesday night in a league match.

A lot of the conversations around the Blues fanbase is about how to get the best out of struggling centre-forward Romelu Lukaku, something Mount should help with.

Mount’s an extremely intelligent footballer that can link up in pockets of space, and needs to keep working on his combination with him that’ll come with more time playing together.

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Dom is a Chelsea supporter who has worked in online publishing for more than six years. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016, he now writes exclusively for The Chelsea Chronicle covering news, analysis and match coverage. He enjoys the dream position of writing about his boyhood club, which seems to be involved in more drama every single day than an episode of The Bill. Aside from his love for Chelsea, he supports and follows the England cricket team. He also fancies himself as the Sunday League version of Michael Essien.