Jason Cundy has applauded the quality of Chelsea star Mason Mount, who he feels offers the team so much out of possession with his work-rate, energy and willingness to press high up the pitch.
The 21-year-old has returned to Stamford Bridge after playing in all three of England’s fixtures during the international break, which means he’s had very little time to rest ahead of Saturday’s trip to Newcastle United in the Premier League.
He is a creative playmaker that likes to get forward and contribute in the final third, but the Blues are still trying to nail down his best position.
Mount has looked a great fit as a central midfielder in recent games with a licence to make runs from deep and it gives him to help set the tone with his intelligent passing.
Cundy is delighted with the way he’s started his senior career with the Blues, after previously coming through the academy system.
Mount played 53 games across all competitions last year during his debut season at Chelsea as a first-team player and is once again looking like a mainstay in the XI.
“One of his best attributes is without the ball. He hunts, he closes down, he is a tireless worker,” Cundy told talkSPORT.
“If you’re a full-back playing behind Mason Mount your job is so much easier because you’ve got someone that will do everything to win that ball back.
“He picks and chooses his moments. He’s a willing runner and when Chelsea press high he is one at times who is the furthest man forward so he will take that responsibility and go and close down and be the catalyst.
“He’s had a brilliant start to his career at Chelsea, don’t forget he was out on loan. Everyone said he wouldn’t play this season, he is. He’s a wonderful young talent.”
After loans with Vitesse Arnhem and Derby County, Chelsea welcomed academy graduate Mount to their first-team last year and he’s quickly become an ever-present in the side.
His stock has risen massively under the tutelage of manager Lampard, who is a big admirer of him and is the perfect mentor to get the best out of him.