Serie A Shirt Sponsor Revenues – Ranked

The benefits of a lucrative shirt sponsorship deal are now more important than ever, especially considering the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

But it isn’t all about money when it comes to shirt sponsors (although a very, very large part of it is), as it’s also about how this logo compliments the jersey. Indeed, some of the finest shirts down the years have become synonymous with a certain logo, helping create an aesthetic.

La Gazzetta dello Sport (via Sempre Milan) have now released the revenues each team in Serie A are receiving from their current shirt sponsorship deals. And while the total revenue for the league is up €5m from the year before to €169m, it’s still considerably behind the likes of the Premier League in this department.

But who is dominating when it comes to sponsorship deals and who is lagging behind?

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Lazio don’t have a main sponsor | DeFodi Images/Getty Images

Amount: €0.5m
Sponsors: Frecciarossa

Well, that’s not great, is it?

Lazio were made to end their partnership with MarathonBet in 2019 and have struggled to find a new partner since. However, this little sum of cash (y’know, relatively speaking) comes from a recent partnership agreement struck with Frecciarossa – a high speed train.

Anyway…

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The Ten logo features in the centre but isn’t actually all that prominent….somehow | Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images

Amount: €0.7m
Sponsors: Ten, Iozzelli Piscine, Pediatrica

It’s not good if even Spezia are earning more with their shirt sponsorship deals. They partnered with food and beverage company Ten in 2019 and we’re still not sure exactly how, but it works.

Iozzelli Piscine – a swimming pool customisation and installation company – also feature on the sleeve and Pediatrica are advertised on the back, just to add to the organised chaos on the shirt.

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The Very Mobile logo is very loud | Paolo Rattini/Getty Images

Amount: €1m
Sponsors: Very Mobile, Ibsa

Sampdoria actually agreed a deal with Very Mobile in November for the 2020/21 campaign. After it was confirmed, it was said this was a particularly important collaboration at a time when football needed to be better connected with its fans.

IBSA also extended their back of shirt sponsor with the club in September.

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Crotone’s away shirt doesn’t leave much to the imagination | Stefano Guidi/Getty Images

Amount: €1m
Sponsors: San Vincenzo, Envi, Vumbaca, Biemme

Perhaps the main problem sponsors may have with Crotone is that kits such as the one above will almost certainly distract from the actual logos on the shirt….which is pretty tough to do.

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Genoa recently teamed up with Banca Sistema | Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images

Amount: €1.5m
Sponsors: Banca Sistema, Synlab, LeasePlan

Banca Sistema took over as Genoa’s main sponsorship partner for the 2020/21 campaign after their deal with Zentiva had ended.

Genoa’s sleeve sponsorship agreement with Synlab has also helped the club reach new heights with regards to their revenue.

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Benevento’s sponsors dominate the shirt | DeFodi Images/Getty Images

Amount: €1.5m
Sponsors: IVPC, Rillo Construction, Pastificio Rummo, Don Peppe

Benevento didn’t hold back when they were promoted to Serie A, did they? The partnerships with Rillo Construction, Pastificio Rummo and Don Peppe all accompany the club’s main sponsor IVPC.

Well, it doesn’t exactly accompany it, but rather just clashes with….well, everything.

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Verona have a number of sponsors | Chris Ricco/Getty Images

Amount: €1.5m
Sponsors: Sinergy, Winelivery, Trivellato, VertroCar

A partnership that is built on being ‘full of energy’, Sinergy have been associated with Verona since 2018/19 and they are now into their third successful season with the club.

Verona are also partnered with Winelivery as a co-sponsor, while Trivellato feature on the sleeve.

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Parma have made a slow start to the season | Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images

Amount: €2.1m
Sponsors: Cetilar, Old Wild West, Canovi, Viva la Mamma

PharmaNutra SPA Group initially started out as the medical partner to Parma before the Cetilar brand became the main sponsor of the shirt and was part of the club’s famous promotion to Italy’s top flight.

A partnership that has come a long way in a short space of time, with the brand and the club both benefiting from the deal.

Old Wild West – a burger and steak house franchise – became the second sponsor for the start of 2020/21, having previously been the back-of-shirt advertisement.

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Dacia features prominently in the centre | Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images

Amount: €2.2m
Sponsors: Dacia, Vortice, Prosciutto San Daniele, Bluenergy

With Udinese reaping the benefits of their partnership with Dacia, they agreed to a new three-year deal with the car manufacturer in September.

Dacia, along with Vortice, have helped provide a steady amount of revenue to support Udinese’s outlay in recent years.

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Bologna are receiving a healthy revenue from their sponsorship deals | Paolo Rattini/Getty Images

Amount: €2.5m
Sponsors: Facile Ristrutturare, Selenella, Scala, Illumia

Bologna expanded their social and economic outreach as they took on four sponsors for the 2020/21 season, with Facile Ristrutturare (Easy Restructuring) the main partner.

The investments from these companies despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic were major strides forward for the club.

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Cagliari have two sponsors on the front of their jersey | DeFodi Images/Getty Images

Amount: €4m
Sponsors: Regione Sardegna, Ichnusa, Arborea, Tiscoli

Sure, there are two large sponsors on the front of Cagliari’s shirt, but adidas produced three fairly stunning kits for the 2020/21 season…which just about cover up the logos.

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Torino’s shirt is packed with sponsors | DeFodi Images/Getty Images

Amount: €5m
Sponsors: Suziki, Beretta, N.38 Wuber, Edilizia Acrobatica

Well, Torino really haven’t held back with their shirt sponsors, have they?

Suzuki initially teamed up with Torino in 2013/14, joining as a commercial partner. But they became the club’s main sponsor for the start of the 2015/16 campaign.

Additionally, Torino consolidated their relationship with F.lli Beretta Group by adding 38 Wuber to the sleeves to accompany the Fratelli Beretta 1812 logo on the front.

Yikes.

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Plus500 became the main sponsor in August | Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images

Amount: €7m
Sponsor: Plus500, Radici, Automha, Gewiss

Plus500 teamed up with Atalanta in August, replacing RadiciGroup as the club’s main sponsor from the start of the 2020/21 season.

Plus500 had already partnered with BSC Young Boys and Legia Warsaw in 2020 prior to striking an agreement with Atalanta, while they are also the leading sponsor for Atletico Madrid.

It’s quite the lucrative deal for Atalanta, who also advertise Automha on the sleeves of their shirts and Gewiss on the back.

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Napoli’s kits are unusually tight | DeFodi Images/Getty Images

Amount: €9m
Sponsors: Lete, MSC Crociere, Kimbo

For many Napoli fans, €9m is nowhere near enough for the Lete and MSC Crociere logos to be dominating the front of the jersey.

The logos draw attention away from the actual beauty of the shirt, and instead we are often sucked into staring at the prominent writing in the centre.

Lete and Napoli have been partners since 2005, but gaining just €9m from three different sponsors is hardly spectacular, is it?

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Milan’s kits are a classic | DeFodi Images/Getty Images

Amount: €10m
Sponsors: Fly Emirates

Milan extended their longstanding partnership with Fly Emirates in the summer by signing a new three-year deal with them to keep the airline on the front of their shirts.

A partnership that was initially brought about to help promote excellence, innovation, elegance and style, Milan will be staying with Fly Emirates until at least the end of the 2022/23 season.

Perhaps what is most exciting for Rossoneri fans, however, is that this new deal actually saw the club agree to take on other principal partners as well, meaning greater revenue down the line.

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Pirelli has become synonymous with Inter | Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images

Amount: €11m
Sponsors: Pirelli

Inter and Pirelli – it just works, doesn’t it?

Whether it be with the black and blue strips, or the white changed kits, the Pirelli logo just doesn’t ever really seem to be out of place on the Inter shirt.

But with just €11m coming in from this iconic partnership, Inter are said to be keen to not renew their deal with Pirelli, which expires in the summer of 2021.

Let’s just enjoy it while we can, eh?

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The Qatar Airways logo compliments Roma’s kits | Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images

Amount: €16m
Sponsors: Qatar Airways, Iqoniq, Hyundai

After reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League back in 2018, Qatar Airways became Roma’s seventh shirt sponsor in their history, initially becoming the main sponsor of the men’s team.

They also agreed to become the main global partner of the Roma women’s team for the start of the 2020/21 campaign.

The colours of the logo have often complimented the jersey, making it one of the most appealing tops to purchase in European football.

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Sassuolo’s owners are also the club’s main sponsor | Chris Ricco/Getty Images

Amount: €18m
Sponsors: Mapei

Sassuolo? Third? Wait, what?

Well, it may come as a shock to see them so high up this list, but their sponsor just so happens to be the owner of the club – Mapei.

The stadium was also controversially renamed the Mapei Stadium back in 2013, but their budget has been steadily increasing in more recent times, resulting in better investments and a better chance of holding onto their star players.

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Fiorentina are in a similar position to Sassuolo | DeFodi Images/Getty Images

Amount: €26.2m
Sponsors: Mediacom, Estra, Prima.it

Wait? Fiorentina now?

Yep, and you may be able to guess why this is the case. Mediacom founder Rocco Commisso bought Fiorentina in 2019, with the deal being valued at around €160m.

Commisso actually tried to buy Milan the year prior, with negotiations reaching the final stages before it ultimately fell through.

The simple yet stylish Mediacom logo features prominently on the front, while Estra is advertised on the sleeve and Prima.it is also on the back.

It’s not that much of a surprise to see Fiorentina this high anymore, is it?

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Ronaldo has been key to helping Juventus secure sponsorship deals | DeFodi Images/Getty Images

Amount: €48m
Sponsors: Jeep, Cygames

Juventus top this list, and it’s not even close.

The Italian giants and Jeep are united not only by their style and design, but also by their desire to be the best as well as by their histories. There has already been a reworking of the agreement between the pair to hand Juve more money, and there are suggestions that talks over a new deal began immediately after this to extend their partnership further.

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Barcelona’s 1992 Dream Team: The Side That Laid the Foundation for the Club’s Future Triumphs

Johan Cruyff’s Barcelona of the 1990s were so all-conquering, so revered, so confident, that when they treated 1994 Champions League final as all but a forgone conclusion, it wasn’t instantly cast aside as misplaced hubris.

Barcelona weren’t up against any old team either. A Milan side led by Fabio Capello, who had just sewn up their third straight league title and reached the Champions League final the previous year, awaited them in the showpiece.

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Johan Cruyff led Barcelona to untold heights during his eight years as the club’s manager between 1988 and 1996 | Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

However, when Cruyff – who had been pictured with the trophy the day before the final – declared that his side were ‘more complete, competitive and experienced’ than during their previous triumph in the competition two years earlier, it was a sentiment shared by many. Spanish papers all but declared them victors and even Milan’s Paolo Maldini conceded the Catalans were favourites.

Yet, just six years earlier, as Barcelona recorded their worst league finish for 25 years, they could scarcely dream of entertaining such lofty ambitions.

Enter Cruyff.

A decade after leaving the club as a player, Cruyff returned as manager in the summer of 1988, joining an institution in debt and in the aftermath of a player-led revolt. His maiden season may have earned just a runners-up finish and second-tier European trophy, but Cruyff immediately set about radically changing Barcelona’s playing style.

Midfielder Eusebio Sacristan explained the set up in Jonathan Wilson’s The Barcelona Legacy, gushing: “From the start he wanted to impose a style that was revolutionary: playing a 3-4-3… It was, wow, something we’d never seen.”

The next year Cruyff added the players that would thrive in this system, with the instrumental trio of Michael Laudrup, Hristo Stoichkov and Ronald Koeman all joining in 1989.

Laudrup, the side’s creative lynchpin, and Stoichkov, the sharp-tongued striker, both idolised Cruyff growing up – the Bulgarian forward still had video tapes of his manager’s playing days when he joined Barcelona. Cruyff’s compatriot, Koeman, had been coached by the legendary figure at Ajax and understood the manager’s demands implicitly. Cruyff was crafting a team of his disciples.

However, he would be hard-pressed to find a more devout member of the Cruyffian cult than a certain youth team player who broke into the senior side the following summer.

‘Pep Guardiola’ was the immediate answer Cruyff’s long-time assistant Charly Rexach provided when Barcelona were short of holding midfielders. Having initially dismissed the slight Catalan as ‘slower than my granny’, Cruyff handed Guardiola his debut during the 1990/91 campaign before he became a fixture of the side the following season.

Cruyff’s Barcelona were built on the fundamentals that Guardiola would instil in his side decades later, playing fast, attacking football with quick passing and a high press. The emphasis Cruyff put on attack was epitomised by his description of Guardiola and Koeman, nominally the side’s holding midfielder and sweeper who often swapped positions, when he said: “As the central defensive duo, they weren’t fast and they weren’t defenders.”

But it worked.

Between 1991 and 1994 Barcelona won four consecutive La Liga titles, but their greatest moment unquestionably came in the middle of that run.

Four seasons into Cruyff’s tenure, Barcelona reached the third European Cup final of the club’s history. Their failure to win the trophy – magnified by Real Madrid’s domination of the competition – was suffocating. Against Sampdoria at Wembley, Cruyff’s side earned the most cathartic of victories, with Koeman’s 111th minute free-kick enough to end their hoo-doo and earn the ‘liberation’ Rexach described it as.

The Olympics held in Barcelona later that same summer saw the USA’s star-studded men’s basketball team steamroller their way to gold under the moniker of ‘the Dream Team’. That Barcelona side were rapidly given the same name.

In the summer of 1993, Cruyff added the ultimate individualist to a team bristling with its fair share of soloists, tossing the Brazilian striker Romario into the mix. For 12 wonderful months, it worked perfectly as Romario lived up to all of his self-aggrandising prophecies en route to Barcelona’s fourth consecutive title – and the third won on the final day of the season thanks to another club’s failure.

Four days after that triumph, they met Milan in the Champions League final. Ultimately, a 4-0 humiliation ensured Cruyff’s confidence was misplaced and the Dream Team ended that sorry night.

Yet Cruyff and his side marked a distinct point in the club’s history. Before 1990, Barcelona had won ten league titles and no European Cups in their entire history. Since 1990, they have claimed 16 league titles and five European Cups.

His legacy extends beyond a well-stocked trophy cabinet. 

Guardiola – the Dutchman’s ultimate disciple – summed up the great man’s impact best, telling The Guardian: “Before he came we didn’t have a cathedral of football, this beautiful church, at Barcelona. We needed something new. And now it is something that has lasted. It was built by one man, by Johan Cruyff, stone by stone.”

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Mark Noble Facing Difficult Task to Break Back Into West Ham’s Starting Lineup

West Ham stalwart Mark Noble is finding it tough to work his way back into David Moyes’ plans after being ousted from the Scot’s favoured XI.

Noble has tallied a mere 71 minutes of Premier League action this term, with Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek emerging as Moyes’ go-to double pivot in midfield following a string of impressive performances as a pair dating back to the end of last season.

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Soucek and Rice have been impressive together | Pool/Getty Images

England international Rice has captained West Ham in their last eight league bouts, and Moyes’ side currently sit ninth in the table after a run of just one defeat from their last seven – collecting 14 points in the process.

With Rice’s partnership with impressive box-to-box midfielder Soucek continuing to flourish, The Athletic note that it’s becoming increasingly difficult for Noble to force his way back into West Ham’s XI.

Noble skippered West Ham to a 2-0 defeat against Newcastle on the opening matchday of the campaign and has failed to start a Premier League game since.

The midfielder’s been reduced to a trio of two-minutes cameos over the past two months, with Rice proving his worth with the armband following Noble’s demise to the bench.

As it stands, it’s likely that the 33-year-old will continue to be limited to mere cameos before the 2020/21 season is up. His contract expires next summer and could find it hard to earn a new deal if he can’t break back into the fold.

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Noble’s contract at West Ham is up in the summer | Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

However, with Noble’s leadership invaluable in and around the West Ham dressing room, the club may look to extend the Englishman’s contract by a further year.

After making his senior debut for the Hammers in 2004, Noble has gone on to make 507 appearances for the club – seventh in the all-time list. There’s no questioning his status as a West Ham legend.

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Champions League: What Can Be Decided on Matchday Four?

The Champions League returns in midweek following a three-week absence, with an intriguing set of matchday four fixtures for us to feast on.

The reverse encounters in the group stages get underway on Tuesday evening with qualification into the knockout phase already beckoning for some sides, while others may succumb to elimination.

Here’s everything that can be decided in the Champions League group stages on matchday four.

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Bayern Munich have started their defence superbly | DeFodi Images/Getty Images

Matchday Four Fixtures: Atletico Madrid (2pts) vs Lokomotiv Moscow (2), Bayern Munich (9) vs RB Salzburg (1)

The holders’ march towards back-to-back European glory will continue with a victory over Red Bull Salzburg.

A draw might even be enough for Hansi Flick on Wednesday night for if Lokomotiv Moscow fail to beat Atletico in the other fixture.

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Inter and Real Madrid both have work to do if they’re to progress from Group B | Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Inter (2) vs Real Madrid (4), Borussia Monchengladbach (5) vs Shakhtar Donetsk (4)

Perhaps the most competitive group out of the lot, with Marco Rose’s enterprising Borussia Monchengladbach emerging as the surprise leader.

Nobody can either qualify or be eliminated on matchday four.

It’s all very much to play for at the halfway mark.

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Not long now until Pep Guardiola overthinks another European knockout tie! | Alex Caparros/Getty Images

Olympiakos (3) vs Manchester City (9), Marseille (0) vs Porto (6)

Another walk in the park for Pep Guardiola’s City after collecting maximum points at the halfway point in a pretty tame group.

City need a point in Greece to progress, while Marseille have to avoid defeat to second-place Porto to keep their faint hopes alive.

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Liverpool are one of four teams to have claimed maximum points thus far | Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images

Liverpool (9) vs Atalanta (4), Ajax vs Midtjylland (0)

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool have been mightily impressive thus far and will be looking to replicate their 5-0 trouncing of Atalanta when they meet again on Wednesday night.

Victory against La Dea confirms their place in the knockouts, with a draw being enough if Ajax fail to beat Midtjylland – who’ll be eliminated if they lose – in Amsterdam.

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Triumph in Rennes on Tuesday evening should see Chelsea through | Marc Atkins/Getty Images

Rennes (1) vs Chelsea (7), Krasnodar (1) vs Sevilla (7)

Chelsea can book their place in the last 16 providing Sevilla get a result in Krasnodar on Tuesday night.

Should Julen Lopetegui’s side grab all three points in Russia, the Blues will only need to avoid defeat to Rennes to progress.

Wins for the current top two will see both advance on matchday four.

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Borussia Dortmund lead a tight Group F | Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

Borussia Dortmund (6) vs Club Brugge (4), Lazio (5) vs Zenit (1)

With three sides in the mix for qualification, nothing can be decided on Tuesday.

However, should Zenit fall to defeat in Rome and Dortmund beat Club Brugge, the Russians could be eliminated.

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Juventus and Barcelona hold strong positions in Group G | Chris Ricco/Getty Images

Dynamo Kyiv (1) vs Barcelona (9), Juventus (6) vs Ferencvaros (1)

Wins for Barcelona and Juventus will see the pair of fading European powers through, with a draw being enough for the Catalans if the Bianconeri avoid defeat.

Ferencvaros and Dynamo Kyiv need practically every result to go their way to qualify.

Manchester United (6) vs Istanbul Basaksehir (3), Paris Saint-Germain (3) vs RB Leipzig

The tightly-knit nature of this group means nowt can be decided on Tuesday night.

With head-to-head records determining placings, United could find themselves outside of the top two should they lose again to Istanbul Basaksehir.

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Mason Mount Remains Integral to Chelsea Despite Massive Summer Outlay

Chelsea are beginning to look like the real deal, with their comfortable win over Newcastle the latest example of the strides taken in recent weeks and months under Frank Lampard.

With the amount of money spent and the calibre of players signed during the last transfer window, there was an added pressure on Lampard to deliver. It is still early in the season, but Chelsea fans can rightly feel optimistic.

Lethal in attack and defensively sound, this is a cohesive squad heading in the right direction. The likes of Edouard Mendy, Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell, Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner have all had praise heaped on them for their impact since joining, but one player who has quietly continued to play an integral role is young Mason Mount.

Following the additions during the last transfer window, it was expected Mount – who ranked third for minutes played in the Premier League in 2019/20 for Chelsea – would be limited to more of a squad role this term. But he has held down a place in the starting lineup so far, whether it be on the wing or in a more central role.

Sure, he may not be every football fan’s favourite player, but contrary to what some on Twitter may think, he isn’t simply in the Chelsea team because he is given preferential treatment. Instead, it’s because he sets the platform for those around him to shine, through his work rate, tenacity and quality on the ball.

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Mount is key to the way Chelsea play | Alex Livesey – Danehouse/Getty Images

This was made abundantly clear again against Newcastle on Saturday.

The west Londoners took the lead through a fairly comical Federico Fernandez own goal, the defender producing a lovely finish to turn the ball into his own net. It was hardly a memorable goal, but it was Mount’s awareness and quick thinking which forced Fernandez into making the mistake.

How many times do we see corner kick takers caught offside after taking a short set piece? The answer: far too often.

But Mount made no such mistake. As the ball came back to Werner, Mount was alert to the Magpies’ efforts to push out and held his run excellently before the German played the ball back to him. The England international then produced a teasing cross which Fernandez couldn’t deal with.

It was simple, but very effective.

He was outstanding all game, both on and off the ball. This time operating as a number eight, Mount covered just about every blade of grass on the pitch, tracking runs and never allowing the opposition’s midfield to assert themselves.

As well as recovering the ball four times, he also created three chances and played 34 final third passes. These aren’t the kind of figures of someone who is purely in the team due to ‘favouritism’ – instead, Mount brings energy, creativity and quality.

Lampard explained this after the victory over Newcastle, stating there are a hundred things in Mount’s game which impress him – his ability to press being just one example. He said: “He doesn’t do too many treble step overs and flicks over the back of his head as he shouldn’t do.

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Lampard praised Mount’s pressing ability | Robin Jones/Getty Images

“He makes really efficient, clean, sharp passes, he presses as well as any midfield player that I’ve worked with or played alongside. There are a hundred things within his game that impresses managers that he works for.”

Those are quite the compliments.

As well as his efficient passing and pressing off the ball, Mount’s ability to deliver in a number of different positions only further adds to his importance to this Chelsea team. His versatility allows Lampard to make tactical adjustments and switch formations when necessary without any hassle. The importance of having this type of player available to any manager cannot be understated, hence why he has become a regular at both club and international level already.

Mount has played on either flank, as the attacking midfielder and as an eight so far in 2020/21. But despite being utilised in a number of different positions, he has continued to deliver week after week. In fact, he ranks first in the Chelsea squad for key passes so far in 2020/21 and for progressive passes as well. He also ranks third for tackles (17) and interceptions (eight).

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Mount constantly looks to press and force the opposition into a mistake | Alex Pantling/Getty Images

Considering the maturity with which Mount plays, it’s easy to forget he is still just 21 and still learning. But one key attribute of his that has perhaps gone somewhat unnoticed is his leadership. He himself highlighted this after Saturday’s win, explaining he made it clear to Werner he should have taken a golden chance during the first half.

He told the club’s official website: “I said to Timo in the first half, ‘that’s a goal for you, you need to score them’ because I’ve seen them go in day-in and day-out in training. He’s a top player and he needs to be harsh on himself to score those. He knows that and, if it comes next week, he’ll put it away.

“I was disappointed with my one as well because I feel I should be scoring those. We’re all tough on each other and tough on ourselves because we want to be pushing to get number one.”

Such a mentality for a player still so young is part of the reason why Gareth Southgate and Lampard have depended on Mount so heavily.

The new signings have made a real impact at the club, there’s no denying that. But despite their arrivals, Mount has remained a vital part of the way this Chelsea team plays, no matter which position he is being deployed in.

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