How can the likes of Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount start for Chelsea if they cannot even start for the England U21 side?
That is a question some Chelsea supporters might have been asking after finding out that Aidy Boothroyd had left the two Cobham academy products on the bench for England’s 2-1 defeat to France in the European Championship.
After the year Abraham and Mount have just had, though, it would be unfair to dismiss their chances on the basis of one U21 game, especially considering the context of things.
Mount, for example, was competing against both James Maddison and Phil Foden for a place in the starting XI. Having created 100 chances last season, Maddison would arguably get into most teams in the Premier League.
As for Foden, you only have to listen to how often Pep Guardiola waxes lyrical about him to know that the 19-year-old is a truly special talent. There is no shame in being ousted out of the team by either player.
Meanwhile, in Abraham’s case, he was coming up against a striker who is deadly at this level in Dominic Solanke. Is it really surprising that Boothroyd went with a man who has nine goals in 17 U21 appearances and 10 goals in 15 U20 matches?
This defence of Abraham and Mount does not mean the duo should be automatic starters as soon as they return to Stamford Bridge. However, regardless of what happens at this tournament, they deserve a chance under Frank Lampard if he becomes the next Chelsea boss as expected, especially with the Blues unable to sign anyone this summer.
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