Chelsea may face a serious creativity problem next season.
We all know the impact that Eden Hazard had on this team. At times our best chances of scoring goals in the last few years have seemingly come from giving him the ball in dangerous areas and hoping that he can do something special.
But he’s not the only one we might be without. Our most creative players last season, along with the Belgian, included people like Ross Barkley, Marcos Alonso and Mateo Kovacic, all players who may not be starting next season.
That means we will need at least one of the returning loan players to give us a boost in the final third, and it seems there nobody more likely to do that than Mason Mount.
Looking at last year’s stats, he provided goals and assists in the Championship for Derby, and if he can bring just his penetrative passing to our midfield and nothing else, it would still be an upgrade on a lot of what we saw last year under Maurizio Sarri.
Whoever is our new manager, they’re likely to favour more risky passes from their central midfielders, and that could be ideal for Mason. If indeed he gets a run in the team, we can see his stats actually going up as he plays with better players, rather than down as he plays in a better division.
That’s what we hope anyway – we certainly need him to be ready to adjust to life in the top flight quickly, he’s going to be a useful tool from the very start. With Ruben Loftus-Cheek starting the season injured, Mason has a unique opportunity to make an impact early.