Jamie Carragher has labelled Chelsea’s Mason Mount a “super talent” after his midweek performance for England, as well as discussing which position gets the best out of his game.
The Blues youngster scored a left-footed finish during England’s 4-0 victory against Iceland, as the Three Lions finished their Nations League competition with an emphatic win at Wembley.
Despite using him on the wing against Belgium, Gareth Southgate decided to play Mount as part of a midfield two against Iceland on Wednesday night.
The 21-year-old was given the licence to join in with attacks in a match England dominated, plus he had the added defensive steel of Declan Rice next to him.
He scored his first-half goal after breaking into the box to help in the final third, while throughout the match he was constantly getting into pockets of space in the centre and linking with the wingers.
Carragher commented on Chelsea’s rising star after his international display and explained that he’s suited to play in a central position:
“It’s really interesting his journey and where he’s going to sort of end up [on the pitch]. At the moment he’s playing as one of the two number eights in the Chelsea team,” Carragher told Sky Sports’ Main Event channel (10:08pm, 18 November).
“I think players like that will always be better suited centrally if possible because they haven’t got the greatest of pace and sometimes when you’re out wide you’re almost forced inside. When you’re centrally I think it gives you the opportunity to go both ways. I think he’s a super talent.”
England boss Southgate and Chelsea manager Frank Lampard are yet to really pin Mount down to one fixed position, but there is a real case forming which shows he excels in the centre of the park.
Mount has a good few months with Chelsea now to focus on his club football before March’s international break and the new-look system at Stamford Bridge has him deployed as a central midfielder.
The Blues academy graduate can slot into a number eight position alongside Kai Havertz, with N’Golo Kante sat behind them sniffing out danger.
Mount is an individual that bizarrely gets so much criticism thrown his way by both Chelsea and neutral supporters, but his game is developing in the right way and he looks a class act in the middle.