Canoville cannot believe which Chelsea star he thinks fans have criticised

Paul Canoville has jumped in to oppose those Chelsea supporters he believes to be attacking Mason Mount.

Canoville delivered an emotional defence of the academy graduate on Twitter, listing his numerous achievements and calling him a ‘generational talent’.

Mount has always struggled to totally convince a very small minority of the Stamford Bridge faithful.

A handful of fans would rather a much flashier star take his place in the side, a sentiment that has been echoed in England circles as well.

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But the 23-year-old doesn’t need to be glitzy to be efficient.

He always works tirelessly for the team no matter what position the manager asks him to play in.

His intelligence to locate space between the lines is also a really underrated skill that not every footballer can master.

Mason Mount loved by his managers

It is no coincidence that Mount has been the most picked player by the last three Chelsea coaches.

Frank Lampard used his compatriot 80 times, 14 more than his nearest competitor Kurt Zouma.

Thomas Tuchel selected the boy born into the Cobham school of excellency on 86 occasions.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek is currently level with his fellow Englishman for matches played under Graham Potter, both currently on 14.

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Gareth Southgate also clearly trusts Mount above many of his midfield players, having started him in the opening two World Cup group games.

We know what you can do, Mase, don’t let the doubters in through the front door.   

"Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produced regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League. Nathaniel is a full-time writer for the Chelsea Chronicle, and was formerly their social media man. His footballing career reached the sparkling heights of winning the Under-13s Bloxham Tournament in 2011."