Life after Kovacic: See who should replace the Croatian
Having spent last season on loan at Eredivisie side Vitesse throughout last season where he scored 13 goals and 10 assists, England’s U23 midfielder Mason Mount returned to Stamford Bridge for the pre-season tour.
Three days after he was hired at Stamford Bridge, Maurizio Sarri made a great decision to loan out him to Derby County to continue his development in the game.
Sarri’s decision was met with many criticisms from the Stamford Bridge faithful who were too ignorant of the fact that the 19-year-old has no future under Maurizio Sarri, not in the season.
The youngster’s move to the Championship side is beginning to have a great effect in the player’s overall display and he could only get better.
His tactical awareness at the middle of the pitch has improved tremendously, thanks to his regular game time — a feat he will never achieve throughout this season should he have desired to remain at Stamford Bridge.
With the understanding that exists between him and his coach Frank Lampard who was former Chelsea midfielder, Matson Mount is improving game by game. Surprisingly, he was called up to the Three Lions camp by Gareth Southgate last month.
Though he didn’t feature in any of the games played during the international break, training with the big stars of English football is an indication that youngster is ripe and ready to be in Sarri’s plans for next season.
Is he Matteo Kovacic’s successor?
After falling out of favour with Zinedine Zidane, the Croatian joined the Blues on a season-long loan deal from Real Madrid before the start of the season.
The versatile midfielder is in great shape for the Blues, making it so difficult for Sarri to capture him on a permanent deal.
Madrid are lacking a genuine and creative midfielder, hence, the Los Blancos are reportedly looking at the prospect of calling him back in January or by the end of this current campaign.
Should Kovacic decide to return to his parent club by the end of this campaign, Sarri should waste no time in bringing Mason Mount into the middle.
The pre-season tour offers the Italian best chance to see if the England international is ready for a greater challenge or not.
The progress he’s made under Frank Lampard shouldn’t be wasted by Sarri, therefore, he needs to be given a benefit of doubt.
Irrespective of his young age, Mason is capable of solving Chelsea’s goalscoring problems which have seen them scored just twice in four Premier League games.
Apart from the goalscoring prowess he would add to the team, Mason will surely help in defence as well.
It is of no use signing a new midfielder as Kovacic’s replacement when there are many youngsters waiting to grab their chances