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06 Sep 2020 16:19:00
Mason Mount has had fair criticisms, but I highly doubt mentality and mindset is an issue given the increased competition for places within the team.

Key Question - Can he step up in terms of quality to compete with the likes of Havertz, RLC, Kovacic, Barkley and Jorginho? Its not just about energy but also about goals, assists and key passes.

Ed1 given that it is likely that we will adopt the 433 formation, who would you recommend for our 3 midfielders?

I think Havertz and Kante will be certainties. So it would appear that the final position in midfield will undergo stiff competition between many players.

{Ed001's Note - you have to say that it is Havertz, with Kante and a.n. other behind. Probably Kovacic, though I would like to see Ampadu given the shot, especially as he would be very comfortable dropping back in to make a back 3 at times, allowing the team more flexibility.}

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06 Sep 2020 19:06:45
Ampadu-Kante with Havertz in front of them would be a really nice setup in matches against bigger teams let's say. When we'll dominate the ball and against low blocks I think we could even see Kante/ Ampadu as a holder, with Mount and Havertz ahead. Mount is more than just energy. He understands the game, he knows where he can hurt defenses with runs and passes and he works his socks off defensively. He'll definitely have a part to play this season.

I honestly hope Mount doesn't have to start a million matches this season, like he did past season. A rested Mount will be much better than when he's run into the ground.

06 Sep 2020 20:03:38
100% agree Jackson, was it something like 52 matches Mount played last season? Far too much for a lad his age.

I think the midfield will change a lot, dependent upon the opposition. We'll see Mount and Havertz on the pitch together. Probably Mount on the left of a three and Havertz on the right. But we'll also see Kante in a two, hopefully with Ampadu in games where we need to be more defensive. We have such good midfield options now.

06 Sep 2020 21:52:01
Cheers Ed. My view is the same as yours. Havertz, Kovacic and Kante.

{Ed001's Note - it does make you wonder what will happen to Mount long term. There should be plenty of chances for him this season, with it being truncated and less rest between games teams will need to rotate more for freshness. Plus there will obviously be those missing due to positive coronavirus tests throughout the season, so it is likely that players will get more of a chance to play. But after this season, he is in direct competition with Havertz. Good as he is, and I like Mount myself as a player, Havertz is simply better. Mount will have to raise his game or move on to get games in the long term, you would think.}

06 Sep 2020 22:51:04
I couldn't disagree with you Ed. I expect Mount to get a lot of chances this season like you said, however he will definitely need to raise his game in terms of goals, assists and key passes made to create chances. One would think in the end it will all boil down to who is better.

Do I think Mount is better than Havertz? The answer is no.

Do I think Mount is better on the ball and better offensively than a fully fit RLC? The answer is no.

Do I think Mount is better on the ball and at retaining the ball than Kovacic? Again the answer is no.

Mount is better than all three mentioned above in terms of pressing and energy of the ball? But is that enough to win games especially when you have Kante?

{Ed001's Note - but will you ever have a fully fit RLC? How long will you have Kante?}

07 Sep 2020 07:39:07
I think Mount will develop into a slightly deeper sitting player player than Havertz. The space that'll be afforded to him, with Havertz, Pulisic, Ziyech and Werner etc. ahead, will allow Mount to really shine making runs from deep.

If you look at how Leicester set up with Ndidi, Tielemens and Maddison - there's no reason why Kante, Mount and Havertz can't set up in a similar fashion, to a higher standard with more depth behind them. In games where we need to be a bit more solid then Kovacic can come in for either Mount or Havertz.

Loftus-Cheek is the conundrum in the side. On talent alone he's probably a starter, but there are fitness concerns. Although, we are all assuming Havertz will hit the ground running, which isn't always the case in the EPL. Loftus-Cheek could be important in deputising for Havertz and making sure too much isn't put on him, too soon.

07 Sep 2020 10:48:49
I have to agree J. Your post is very sensible.

I do hope Mount really turns on the style this year. He started fantastically well last year and im hoping this rest does him well.

07 Sep 2020 13:33:50
Our depth in midfield is a strength, so long as we use it in a balanced way.

We can look at situations like, just as an example, WBA at home and ask if we really need to start Kante or save him for bigger league and UCL games. Mount can be kept fresh playing thirty odd, rather fifty odd games.

So excited about the coming season.



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