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Mason Mount; Criminally Underrated.

Mason Tony Mount. A player I adore as a Chelsea fan, and have done for 18 months now, since he returned to Stamford Bridge. I feel like Mount doesn’t get anywhere near enough praise. Quite frankly he’s been the best Chelsea player this season, and is only going to improve. Here I’ll be breaking down how good Mount is, and has been for a few years now…

Boy To Man

Credit; Talk Chelsea

Mason Mount joined Chelsea at the age of 6, and played for the youth sides from under-7’s to under-21’s. In 2017, Mount was offered a new 4-year contract from the club he’d spent 12 years at, and signed with no hesitation. His father Tony was worried however, due to the amount of academy players that have never made it into the first team at Chelsea.

This didn’t phase young Mason. When asked, he simply said ‘I’ll give it 100% and hope I end up playing for the first team one day’.

Almost immediately after signing the new contract, Mount was loaned out to Dutch side Vitesse, whom Chelsea have a strong relationship with.

Mount instantly impressed at Vitesse, and made the Eredivisie Team Of The Week on 7 occasions. He was also named Vitesse Player Of The Year that season.

The best was still to come in Holland however, with Mount scoring a hat-trick during the Eredivisie European Play-Off Semi Final. This took his goal tally up to 14 in 39 appearances for the Dutch side.

After his fantastic season on loan, many thought that Mason would be involved with Chelsea on his return to England, however this wasn’t the case. He again was loaned out, this time to Derby County, linking up with Chelsea legend Frank Lampard.

Mount was in the Derby side who made it to the play-off final, and ultimately fell short to Aston Villa and fellow Chelsea loanee Tammy Abraham.

During his spell in Derby, Mount again impressed. Scoring 11 goals in 44 games despite missing 2 months of the season due to injury. Lampard publicly showed his admiration of Mount and once Lampard was announced as the new Chelsea manager, Mason Mount was back at Cobham and ready for Premier League football.

Mase In Chelsea

Credit; Chelsea FC

Mason Mount signed a new 5 year deal at Stamford Bridge in July 2019, just before the start of the new season. As expected, Frank Lampard chucked Mount in at the deep end. Starting pretty much all of Chelsea’s Premier League games during the 2019/20 season. Many said this was simply due to Chelsea’s transfer ban not allowing them to bring in any new signings, meaning they had to go with youth. However I disagree. I think Mason Mount would’ve started no matter what.

Eventually his talent shone through, scoring in just his second Premier League appearance at hone to Leicester. Mount continued his good form throughout the whole season, helping Chelsea to a top 4 finish, and reaching the final of the FA Cup.

Mount finished the season with 8 goals in 53 appearances in all competitions. During the year, he also became a regular in the England team, and has all but cemented his place in the squad for Euro 2021.

With a season in the top flight of English football under his belt, Mount has continued improving this season, and despite Frank Lampard leaving, he seems to have already impressed new boss Thomas Tuchel.

Criminally Underrated

All in all, I believe Mason Mount will be one of the best players in the world soon. There. I said it.

He’s just turned 22, and has his whole career ahead of him. He’s already shown that he’s an integral part of this young Chelsea side, and every manager he’s played under has agreed.

Lionel Messi even spoke highly of Mount, saying that he thinks he will be a top top player in the near future.

His work rate, skill, and pure love for the game just adds to his appealing profile, and I hope he stays at Chelsea for many years to come. He captained the side for the first time during the FA Cup game at home to Luton, which I believe will be another accolade for Mason Mount – the Chelsea captaincy.

Mason Mount will also be a stalwart in the England national team too. I believe he has the potential to get over 100 caps for the three lions.

In conclusion, Mason Mount is criminally underrated, and the best is yet to come.

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