Mason Burstow has reminded Mauricio Pochettino why he could be an option for Chelsea next season. The Blues has been heavily linked to the likes of Victor Osimhen and Ivan Toney recently, with Nicolas Jackson struggling to find the net.
The 22-year-old striker, who Chelsea signed from Villarreal in the summer, has scored just twice in the Premier League this season, raising questions over his ability to lead the line at Stamford Bridge. While Pochettino may be inclined to break the bank on a new talisman in the upcoming transfer windows, Burstow has gone above and beyond to catch the 51-year-old's eye while out on loan at Sunderland.
On Friday night, the 20-year-old provided a fantastic assist for Jack Clarke, who put Sunderland ahead against Sheffield Wednesday inside the opening 10 minutes. Then, at the half-hour mark, the Black Cats doubled their lead against Xisco Muñoz's side with the help of Burstow.
The Chelsea loanee, who was bought under the Roman Abramovich regime, was brought down in the box after an incredible turn – Clarke stepped to the plate and sent Devis Vásquez the wrong way. After the game, Tony Mowbray heaped tremendous praise on Burstow and explained why he's such a great asset for Sunderland.
«I'm pleased with the work ethic that Mason is bringing to our team, and the fact that he can press from the front really, really well for us,» said the Championship boss, as quoted by the Sunderland Echo. «He's got the energy to keep going. He just needs something to break for him and yet he's won the penalty for us tonight.
»It's going to come and like with Jack Clarke, when it does you will see that confidence and that belief just grow. Once he scores one I've got no doubt that he's going to go and score a lotRead on football.london