Chelsea

TT Battle: Mason Mount vs Mateo Kovacic

At Chelsea, Maurizio Sarri is currently spoilt for choice when it comes to selecting his midfield.

The Italian has the likes of N’Golo Kante, Jorginho and an in-form Ruben Loftus-Cheek to call upon.

And next season, he could have yet another talented midfielder at his disposal with Mason Mount set to return to the club following his loan spell at Derby County.

With a transfer ban possibly preventing the Blues from retaining Mateo Kovacic, a spot might just open up for the 20-year-old to give Sarri another promising option for the middle of the park.

How, though, do Mount and the man he could be replacing compare?

Mason Mount

This season, Mount has had some downs, partly due to injury. But the Englishman is getting back to his best and remains the type of midfielder Sarri favours.

Technically, the Englishman is brilliant. He can cross the ball, play a pass through the lines and cause the opposition goalkeeper problems with his shooting technique from short and long distances.

For all of that ability on the ball, though, Mount is also capable of doing the less glamorous tasks of the game.

“Technically he’s brilliant but also his work-rate shouldn’t go unnoticed,” were the words of his Derby boss and Chelsea legend Frank Lampard (Sky Sports).

“He’s so quick to leave midfield to go and press people whether it be defenders or deep-lying midfield players which makes you the all-round midfield player.”

TT Grade: B+

Mateo Kovacic

Albeit not as much of a goal threat, Kovacic is also a very technically gifted midfielder like Mount.

The Croatia international does not have the same shooting ability, for example, but his dribbling skill is different level at times.

Kovacic is one of those players who can pick up the ball on the edge of his box before going on a dazzling run all the way into the opposition’s defensive third.

Away from that, though, and the odd through ball he is capable of playing, something the Stamford Bridge faithful have not seen enough of this campaign, the Real Madrid loanee has brought little else to the table.

TT Grade: C

TT Verdict:

As much as a fan Sarri is of Kovacic, losing the 24-year-old as a result of FIFA’s transfer embargo will not be the end of the world for the Chelsea boss.

In fact, with it potentially opening up a pathway into the first team for Mount, it is probably best if Kovacic does indeed return to Real Madrid.

The former, simply put, looks capable of being able to do such much more for this Chelsea team.

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