Former Chelsea assistant manager Jody Morris has claimed that Mason Mount is capable of playing in a number of positions as Thomas Tuchel aims to solve his striker conundrum.
The Blues did not play a recognised forward in their latest outing against Lille, with Romelu Lukaku’s poor form continuing.
The Belgian was named as an unused substitute, whilst fellow forward Timo Werner came off the bench amid a quiet first-half to the 2021/22 season.
Tuchel’s selection proved to be the right one as goals from Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic secured victory in their Champions League last-16 clash at Stamford Bridge.
Morris has offered a potential future resolution for the German, should the current Blues attack go off the boil.
Speaking after the win on Tuesday evening, he said of Mount: “He’s outstanding. I think it’s a load of nonsense when I hear people talk bad about him. He can play in a number of positions.
“He’s one of those players where, even when he was younger, you can tell him something once and you’ve never had to tell him again.”
According to transfermarkt, Mount has actually been deployed in a central attacking role on a couple of occasions in the past – against Wolverhampton Wanderers in December and in the Carabao Cup victory over Brentford just three days later.
He was unable to get on the scoresheet in either game but the 23-year-old has certainly signalled his ability to find the back of the net on a number of occasions in the past.
In 141 appearances for the Blues throughout his career thus far, he has netted 24 goals and has provided a further 23 assists.
The midfielder has only just made his return to Chelsea contention over recent weeks having picked up an injury in the Club World Cup final against Palmeiras.
He was ruled out of the slender 1-0 victory against Crystal Palace at the weekend, whilst also being named an unused substitute against Lille.
It now remains to be seen whether he will be in contention for a Wembley place against Liverpool in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final.