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Newcastle United Tipped To Sign This Chelsea Playmaker: What Will He Add To Howe’s Side?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent interview with Caughtoffside, pundit Stan Collymore tipped Newcastle United to sign Chelsea playmaker Mason Mount in the summer. Collymore said,

“If the lad is seriously considering his future, a switch to Newcastle would be absolutely perfect for him. I wonder if Howe and the Magpies’ hierarchy feels the same way.

“Mount is not only the type of energetic player who would fit the Geordies’ system brilliantly, but he’s also an English Champions League winner who hasn’t yet his prime so he’d be a huge signing and would send a major signal of intent.”

Mount’s Underwhelming Campaign At Stamford Bridge

The England international is experiencing a season of mixed emotions at Chelsea after struggling to help his team be consistent in the Premier League. Mount has found the back of the net three times and secured six assists in 31 appearances for the Blues during this campaign in all competitions.

However, the talented playmaker deserves a pat on the back for averaging 1.4 tackles, 1.5 shots, 1.4 key passes and 0.7 dribbles per game in the Premier League. He has even taken care of possession when distributing the ball to his teammates in the final third, as evidenced by pass completion rate of 80% in the top tier of English football (stats via whoscored).

His current contract at Chelsea is set to expire in the summer of 2024, so Newcastle have got a real chance on signing Mount on the cheap at the end of this campaign.

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What Will Mount Add To Newcastle United Boss Eddie Howe’s Team?

Mount is a good tackler of the ball and has got the vision to unlock the opponent’s defence with a killer pass on the offensive end of the pitch. He can shoot the ball with power and accuracy from long range and is a decent dribbler with the ball as well.

The English talent hardly gives away the ball cheaply and can contribute by scoring and creating his fair share of goals up top. He mainly plays in the number ten position but can also fill in as a box-to-box midfielder or as a winger on the left flank if asked to do so.

Mount will add some goals and creativity to Newcastle head coach Eddie Howe‘s frontline and could go on to form a dangerous attacking partnership with Alexander Isak and Callum Wilson at the Tyneside club over the next few years. Thus, the Magpies should go all out to recruit the English sensation on the cheap next summer.

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