Ian Wright says Chelsea star a strong candidate for PL Young Player of The Season award

Ian Wright was full of praise for Mason Mount and named him among the strong candidates to win the Premier League’s young player of the season award.

The 22-year-old has had more appearances than any other Chelsea player this season. And it is easy to see why.

He always seems to be fit, and he is versatile enough to play in several positions.

Wright, who has named Mount as Phil Foden and Bukayo Saka’s biggest rival for the young player of the season award, highlighted how the public perception of him has gradually changed.

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“Mason Mount, he’s got unique attributes with his defensive and attacking sides of the game,” Wright said in Premier League Productions’ Kelly and Wrighty Show (via Optus Sport).

“[He’s] creative in everything that he does.

“There’s no coincidence that people are kind of done with the ‘teacher’s pet’ thing with him and Gareth [Southgate] and Frank [Lampard], now Tuchel is picking him as well.

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“I like the way he just went through that phase, just continually doing what he has done which is to play football the best he can, doing what the managers want for him to do.

“[He keeps] scoring goals, creating goals, working hard for the team.

“He is the mainstay for England, the mainstay for Chelsea now — somebody with an attitude and dedication to what he’s doing is first class.”

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It would mean a lot to Chelsea as a club if an academy graduate win the young player of the season award.

The last Chelsea player to receive such recognition was Eden Hazard in 2014 when he was awarded the PFA Young Player of the Year.

Mount made the eight-man shortlist for last season’s Premier League young player of the season award along with Christian Pulisic but was eventually beaten by Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold.

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