Phil Foden is set to miss out on a starting spot for England U21’s opening game against France, with Chelsea youngster Mason Mount set to start alongside James Maddison in midfield, according to The Mirror.
It comes as a shock to some that Foden will start on the bench following the hype around him for the competition, with the teenager tipped as one of the key players to watch in Italy and San Marino.
However, it appears as if boss Aidy Boothroyd will place his trust in Mount following his impressive campaign on loan at Derby County.
Mount featured 38 times for the Rams last season, scoring nine goals from midfield and impressed on what was his first professional season in England.
Chelsea look likely to keep hold of the 20-year-old this summer and will include the playmaker in the squad next season, with the Blues having a transfer ban for the next two windows.
Foden only featured 13 times for Manchester City this season, so perhaps the lack of game time has contributed to Boothroyd’s reported decision.
Four reasons why Mount should be handed Chelsea chance
With Chelsea not being able to draft any players in this window and the next, it should give the Blues every reason to take a chance on the youngster.
There is no doubt in Mount’s creativity as a player, scoring nine goals and assisting four more last season.
Jorginho very much struggled in his first season in the Premier League, so Mount perhaps could take his place in midfield, allowing N’Golo Kante to occupy the holding midfield role.
Sale of Eden Hazard
Chelsea will be without Eden Hazard next season after he was sold to Real Madrid.
Again, it means a lack of creativity at the top end of the field, so having Mount as a different option could help the Blues.
The list of young EFL players who have succeeded in the Premier League is huge. The likes of Dele Alli and James Maddison started off in League One before getting big money moves to the Premier League.
Who says Mount wouldn’t be the same and could also produce at the highest level at Stamford Bridge over the coming years.