Chelsea have reportedly decided to stick with manager Graham Potter but it remains to be seen how much longer his job will last if the coach does not lift the team up from tenth in the Premier League table.

Along with the manager, some players are facing uncertain futures heading into the summer transfer window. One player who could be on his way out of Stamford Bridge is attacking midfielder Mason Mount as his contract standoff with the club continues to rumble on.

The Athletic’s David Ornstein has revealed that the Blues will not return to the negotiating table with the England international until the end of the season, after having several offers turned down by the academy graduate.

His current deal is set to expire at the end of the 2023/24 campaign and Chelsea could be forced to consider selling the gem this summer if he does not put pen to paper on an extension as they would, otherwise, risk losing him for nothing.

Potter, if he remains in his post, could land a dream upgrade on Mount in the summer transfer window by securing a deal to sign Leicester City star James Maddison, who is reportedly on the club’s radar and plays in the same position as the current Blues talent.

Is James Maddison better than Mason Mount?

The former Norwich and Coventry midfielder could improve Chelsea’s team based on his incredible form for the Foxes in the Premier League this season.

In the top-flight, the mercurial playmaker has averaged a terrific Sofascore rating of 7.42 across 17 appearances. In that time, the 5 foot 9 playmaker has produced nine goals and five assists from midfield, which shows he can regularly impact games at the top end of the pitch by scoring or assisting goals.

Mount, meanwhile, has scored three goals and provided two assists in 22 Premier League outings for the Blues – averaging a Sofascore rating of 7.09.

Maddison has scored 21 times in 44 league starts since the start of last season but the Chelsea attacker has managed 14 in 47 starts in the division in that time.

This suggests the Leicester man would be a big upgrade on Mount in terms of the threat he provides from midfield, whilst the Foxes talent has also created more chances (2.2) per game than his compatriot (1.4) this season.

The 26-year-old, who was once hailed as “magical” and a “magician” by Statman Dave, could, therefore, be a dream upgrade on the Blues academy graduate this summer. 

Maddison’s current form suggests that he would improve Chelsea’s attack by scoring more goals and creating more opportunities for his teammates to score than Mount has managed for Potter in 2022/23.


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