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TT Introduces: Mason Mount as England’s Alli upgrade

TT Introduces: Mason Mount as England’s Alli upgrade

There were some exciting names in Gareth Southgate’s latest England squad including the red-hot James Maddison and Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho.

But as well as the duo, one other individual who also has everyone talking following his first senior England call-up is Mason Mount.

Mount — on loan from Chelsea — is currently playing his football in the Championship at Derby County under Frank Lampard and only made his debut for the England U21 side last month.

However, his performances in English football’s second division and Carabao Cup have been good enough to warrant selection for the senior team, and some of Southgate’s more experienced players should now be watching their backs.

Assessing Southgate’s recent England squads, the one thing they have lacked are creative midfield players.

Dele Alli has probably been the closest to that but putting the 22-year-old in the creative type bracket is a bit of a stretch, while his performances for England are nowhere as good as what he puts in at Tottenham.

Rather, Alli has developed into a more second striker-esque figure and not a No.10 or deep-lying playmaker.

£3.6m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Mount, on the other hand, is capable of playing in various midfield positions, and can provide the sort of spark that Alli and others cannot.

The Chelsea youth product’s vision is amazing, and with it he is able to play precise passes through the lines to the team’s forwards.

Mount is also very dangerous from dead-ball situations, something he has already shown this season after dispatching a brilliant free-kick against Brentford.

What is probably most impressive about the 19-year-old, however, is his goal-scoring potential.

The Derby midfielder strikes the ball so well and, during the 2017/18 season where he spent the campaign in the Netherlands with Vitesse, his numbers across all competitions that year make for good reading.

Mount’s emergence could not have come at a better time for England, although it should worry Alli and others in the current Three Lions set up.

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