Jason Cundy has tipped Chelsea’s Mason Mount to be a future captain, stepping into the shoes eventually of current Blues skipper Cesar Azpilicueta.
Azpilicueta, 31, is a senior figure of the squad at Stamford Bridge, and has been a brilliant role model in recent years as the individual to wear the armband.
But it’ll be interesting to see who’s being lined up to be his successor in that position, albeit defender Azpilicueta may still have plenty of years left as a regular player.
Chelsea-supporting pundit Cundy has made it clear that he thinks Mount can replace him at some stage.
Mount, who has come through the club’s successful academy, is now arguably the most important player in the first-team squad.
The 22-year-old attacking midfielder scored the opener during Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Porto last night in a Champions League quarter-final first leg. Additionally, he has been given the armband on a couple of occasions this season in the FA Cup.
“Mason’s awesome, he’s a brilliant young footballer. I think a lot of people don’t watch enough of him and may just look at his work ethic and think that’s all he’s got,” Cundy told talkSPORT.
“He’s got the plus and bags of ability… He’s getting better. We’ve haven’t seen the finished article, but he’s the Chelsea captain in waiting and I think he could be England captain one day as well.”
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Mount’s stature appears to be growing by the day, and his goal in midweek epitomised the kind of confidence he’s now playing with.
The England international produced a stunning turn and finish against Porto to net his first in the Champions League competition, but there should be plenty more to come.
He’s not someone that appears to be the most vocal, but sometimes those who set the example on the pitch make for the best captains.
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