Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp recently suggested that Mason Mount could play a similar role for England that Kevin De Bruyne does for Belgium, but the Chelsea man has downplayed that claim.
Blues playmaker Mount recently starred for his country over the weekend, as he scored the winner in a 2-1 victory against Belgium in the Nations League at Wembley.
The 21-year-old’s deflected shot looped into the net, but he was impressive in the build-up after finding space on the left hand side of the box and shifting onto his right foot to make room for an effort on goal.
Redknapp suggested after England’s win over Belgium that Mount may potentially be able to fill a De Bruyne position for the Three Lions, where he’s free to take up positions all over the pitch.
De Bruyne, 29, is regarded by most as the world’s best creative midfielder that often drifts into pockets of space in the final third, where he is the talisman for both Belgium and club side Manchester City.
“We were purring watching some of Kevin De Bruyne’s passes and he comes to find the ball. When we talk about Mount I want him to do that more, he can do it for us, you haven’t got to stay out on the right” Redknapp told Sky Sports (11 October), as quoted by talkSPORT.
Chelsea’s academy graduate Mount has been quick to downplay any comparisons to last season’s PFA Player of the Year winner, who was also previously on the books at Stamford Bridge.
“Seeing De Bruyne up close and personal there’s a lot I need to do to improve my game to get anywhere near him,” Mount told Sky Sports.
There aren’t many attacking midfielders in the world that compare to De Bruyne, which is why it isn’t fair to make any comparisons yet to a Chelsea player that has just one season of Premier League football under his belt.
Mount is right to focus on his own individual path and everyone is so easy to overlook the fact he’s only had 12 months at the top level, in which time he’s forced his way into the England side and has been a key man for Chelsea as well.