Mason Mount has missed Chelsea’s last 4 games due to injury and it’s something he didn’t want at this time. Prior to Chelsea’s win against Leeds United earlier this month, only Kai Havertz had played more than Mason Mount this season.
Mount then missed the last 4 matches due to a hip injury, which saw him withdrawn from the England squad for the ongoing international break despite being initially called up by Gareth Southgate. The 24-year-old has not been at his best this season but is still an important part of the team at Stamford Bridge.
The England international has appeared in 32 games for Chelsea this season across all competitions, with only Havertz – who has played 36 games – playing more. Mount has been a controversial figure but one thing is clear: every coach he has played under has rated him highly.
For instance, Frank Lampard handed Mount a starting spot in the breakthrough 2019/2020 season. When Lampard left, Thomas Tuchel was appointed and there were questions over Mount’s position in the team under the German manager. However, the Cobham graduate remained an indispensable figure and played a crucial role in the journey to win the 2021 Champions League.
When Graham Potter took over last September, it was no surprise that Mount remained an important player for Chelsea, but things have not gone smoothly this season. Despite playing more minutes than anyone but Havertz, the English midfielder has scored only 3 goals. He also has 6 assists, but that’s simply not good enough for a player who has set such high standards in recent seasons.
Mount has just over 12 months left on his current contract with Chelsea, and it seems that both sides have yet to find a solution to extend their relationship. Mount wants more money and Chelsea want him tied down to a 7-year contract – something the player is not keen on. Liverpool is currently the front-runner for the England international’s signature, but there is also special interest from both Manchester City and Manchester United.
The absence of this midfielder in the last four matches actually coincided with The Blues winning three of them. At that time, Potter returned to the 3-4-2-1 formation, which was effective.
Mykhailo Mudryk played perhaps his best game in a Chelsea shirt to date – the 3-1 win over Leicester City at the beginning of the month – when Mount was absent. The Ukrainian international started the game as the number 9, but switched to the left wing in the second half, making him much more dangerous and scary for the visitors.
Raheem Sterling shone for Chelsea in their 2-0 win over Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League. Then came other names like Noni Madueke, who has hardly been sniffed since signing for Chelsea in January, as well as Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech. Mount’s absence from the team really couldn’t have come at a worse time for him.
The story of this contract is not yet over. Chelsea and Mount will still hope to reach an agreement on the terms of a new contract from now until the summer. But from a position of strength, Mount may be slipping back in negotiations, and leaving is entirely possible.
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