Who should replace Mason Mount against Atletico Madrid? Chelsea legend gives his answer

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Chelsea midfield duo of Jorginho and Mason Mount will miss the second leg Champions League round of 16 tie against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday.

Mount and Jorginho have picked up an accumulation of yellow cards, and thus earned a suspension for the second leg.

Chelsea legend, Pat Nevin admitted that Thomas Tuchel has a handful of players who can fit in that position, as he named the likes of Hakim Ziyech, Christian Pulisic, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and even N’Golo Kante. However, he tipped Kai Havertz, who’s gradually getting back to form, to get the nod.

Nevin wrote in his column for the official Chelsea website: “Mason Mount being unavailable is a blow, but it has to be kept in context. There are three or four at least that can play in that second number 10 position – and they aren’t bad!

“Callum Hudson-Odoi, Hakim Ziyech, along with Timo Werner can each drop in there. Christian Pulisic loves that position, while there is little doubt that it is Kai Havertz’s favourite starting berth.

“Even N’Golo Kante could play there, though he will almost certainly be needed further back this time with Jorginho unavailable too. I will not be surprised if one day soon Reece James is asked to go into the deeper central role and that could free N’Golo to step forward to close down high up the field.”

Who would you like to see come in for the suspended Mason Mount?

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