Mason Mount is a top talent. His goal yesterday proves it. The touch. The swivel. Magnificent. WhoScored have given him a rating of 7.01 so far in the Premier League, but we’d give him higher. Quintessentially Chelsea, the English revival has been a breath of fresh air, and Mount is at the heart of it. A magnificent season and maybe a Euro callup? He is Mason Mount. And he’s on the rise.
Born in Portsmouth, Chelsea quickly snapped up Mount, taking him into their academy from the age of six. Over a decade later, the midfielder underwent his right of passage, something that all Chelsea youngsters must do: a loan spell to Vitesse. A reasonably successful spell there, it was the following season where he really took off.
When Frank Lampard arrived at Derby County, there were to be questions over how he would build his first team as a manager. He went with a youthful approach. Utilising his links at Chelsea, Lampard brought in Fikayo Tomori and Mason Mount, giving his side a youthful approach. Littering his side with some experienced heads, Derby managed to have a playoff birth. Although unsuccessful, Mount had a very good campaign.
Arriving back at his home club to see his former manager at the helm, Mount was always going to get a chance. He’s made the most of it. With 40 competitive club games this season under his belt, Mount has averaged 1.5 key passes per season. This vital role in chance creation has made him an integral part of the midfield. As Lampard’s system progresses, Mount has also began to contribute defensively; averaging one tackle per game. It’s not much but it’s an improvement.
All stats given by WhoScored.
The video’s title is fitting: “50 Mason Mount passes that will impress you”. Watching it, and almost every Chelsea game, you can see that he has mastered the technique of hitting across the ball. The low centre of gravity he gains before playing the ball gives Mount unparalleled precision in his passes.
Honestly, six goals and four assists in 25 Premier League starts is not remarkable. It does needs improvement. However, it is his involvement in general play that’s incredibly impressive. With Billy Gilmour arriving on the scene, it will be interesting to see how his partnership with Mount can develop. Gilmour enjoys playing high-risk vertical balls between the lines, and this is something Mount can really benefit from.
We can’t wait to see how Mason Mount will continue to perform. Let’s hope he’s in an England shirt come the summer.
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