Despite receiving some criticism from a section of the Chelsea fanbase, there can be no denying that Mason Mount has emerged into a key figure at Stamford Bridge since he joined the first-team squad 18 months ago.
He’s quite clearly a favourite of manager Frank Lampard, after the pair worked together at Derby County, and he looks like one of the first names on the team sheet.
The box-to-box central midfielder has featured in all but two of the club’s 26 games across all competitions so far this season, showing an incredible endurance and fitness.
Mount, 22, is a huge talent to come out of the Blues academy and also has 10 senior caps for England.
A breakdown of the team’s individual stats in the Premier League this season shows that the Englishman is a key creator for Chelsea (WhoScored).
He is top of the league chart for Chelsea players in the statistic for the most key passes per game.
Mount is the top Blues player with 2.3 key passes a match.
Meanwhile, Hakim Ziyech (1.6), Callum Hudson-Odoi (1.4), Reece James (1.3) and Ben Chilwell (1.2) complete the top five in the squad.
It’s an eye-opening figure that shows how influential attacking midfielder Mount is in the XI, as alongside his work-rate and determination, he provides quality on the ball.
Left-footed winger Ziyech may be somewhat disappointed not to be top, but his season has been stop-start due to injures and that figure will surely rise for him.
Mount currently sits on two goals and six assists across all competitions this season.
If he wants to elevate his game to the next level though, he needs to start posting bigger figures. But the signs are positive and he’s on the right track with his creativity.