Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount is among the most successful dribblers in the UEFA World Cup qualifiers so far, according to Opta (via Whoscored).
Mount has played various roles for the England national team under Gareth Southgate.
Recently, he has played in his more natural positions; either as a No.10 or a No.8, in Southgate’s 4-3-3 formation.
Playing in deeper positions likely gives Mount more space and time on the ball and consequently, more opportunities to beat players with dribbles.
The Chelsea midfielder has had the fourth-highest dribble success rate (84.6%) in European World Cup qualifiers among players with at least 10 dribble attempts so far.
Best dribble success rate in UEFA WCQualifiers (>10 attempts): Tsimikas – 91.2 De Jong – 89.5 Churlinov – 87.5 Mount – 84.6 Grealish – 81.8 Malinovskiy – 81.3 Golovin – 80 Odegaard – 78.9 Foden – 76.9 Kovacic – 75 — WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) October 11, 2021
Out of his 13 dribble attempts in the competition, 11 were successful. It is quite interesting since he has had a poor dribble rate in the Premier League, completing just two dribbles out of eight attempts.
Having to play in a more advanced position in Thomas Tuchel’s 3-4-3 system, often against teams who defend deep, has certainly played a part as well.