Azpilicueta says impactful teammate has proved he is 'big player' for Chelsea

Blues captain Cesar Azpilicueta was full of praise for in-form teammate Mason Mount and what he has done since breaking into the senior squad in the last couple of years.

Mount, who has become the youngest Chelsea player to score in four consecutive Premier League games, now leads the club’s goalscoring charts this season with seven goals.

They have been struggling defensively in the past month, so, unfortunately, Mount’s goalscoring form only helped them secure two narrow wins against Leeds United and Watford.

The Blues will obviously need more than just Mount’s goals to stay in the Premier League title race, but Azpilicueta still appreciates the young midfielder’s talent and hard work.

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“He’s had a huge impact on the team since he came back from Derby [County], from his loan,” the Spain international told Chelsea TV about Mount.

“He’s a big player for Chelsea in the present and, of course, [has] a big future ahead of him.

“You know, he’s working hard every day, so we’re very happy to have him with us.

“Hopefully, he can keep improving the way he is doing.”

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Mount is expected to start against Wolves on Sunday, amid Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner’s Covid-19 absences.

Kai Havertz, who tested negative, is likely back in the starting line-up as well, given Thomas Tuchel’s lack of options for the central forward role.

In midfield, Mateo Kovacic and N’Golo Kante are already back in training, but it remains unclear whether Jorginho and Ruben Loftus-Cheek will be available for the weekend’s game.

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