Former Chelsea captain Dennis Wise admitted he would have found Mason Mount a nuisance if they were opponents.
Speaking to The Sun, Wise was singing Mount’s praises by suggesting the 22-year-old should be named skipper some time soon.
However, he also explained that playing on opposing sides to the Blues midfielder wouldn’t have been fun.
“Likewise, Mount is horrible because he puts you on the back foot, runs this way, that way, drops short,” said Wise.
“He would have annoyed me.
“Everyone has known since he was 15 that Mason would make it and he has taken his opportunity.
“He is very aggressive with running with the ball at you. He is a real talent. But he also pops up at the right time.”
Wise compared hypothetically contesting Mount to his battles with Paul Scholes, saying he ‘couldn’t get near’ the Manchester United marvel.
Although the Blues prodigy is yet to achieve Scholes like greatness, he is certainly on the right trajectory.
Mount has risen to stardom in just under two seasons, having only made his senior Chelsea debut in August 2019.
Plenty of positives have followed that 4-0 defeat at Old Trafford, with very few negatives coming to pass.
He is a stalwart in the Blues side and a mainstay for England.
Thomas Tuchel needed little prompting to push Mount forward as the centre-piece of his Stamford Bridge overhaul.
Chelsea could crown their young prince with FA Cup glory tomorrow afternoon.
It would be the first piece of major domestic silverware in Mount’s short career, after narrowly missing out in last campaign’s final.
The maiden trophy Wise won with Chelsea was also the FA Cup, so their paths may be heading in exactly the same direction.