Micah Richards has raved about Chelsea star Mason Mount, admitting that it’s been a “pleasant surprise” to watch his quality with England during the international break.
Mount, 22, started all three of England’s World Cup qualifiers, as he nails down a starting posting in Gareth Southgate’s XI.
The attacking midfielder managed one goal and one assist for his country, with displays that have managed to impress one pundit.
Richards has admitted that the jury was still out for him regarding the Blues playmaker. However, he’s now fully onboard with regards to acknowledging his individual talent, and even added he feels there is much more to come from him.
“It was an encouraging international break for England, one that enabled me to see Mason Mount in a completely different light,” Richards told the Daily Mail.
“My initial view of the Chelsea midfielder was that he worked hard and was someone who could put in a nice cross but I didn’t see him as an England regular.
“You all know my view on Jack Grealish and I also hold James Maddison in high regard but Mount is absolutely in the same conversation as them now.
“It’s been a pleasant surprise to see him take such positive steps forward and I expect there will be much more to come.”
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Diehard Chelsea fans have been banging the drum about Mount since his first-team breakthrough at the start of the 2019/20 season.
Aged 22, he now looks an instrumental figure for both club and country.
His flexibility to drop into either midfield or attacking positions shows his intelligence as a player, and it looks like he’s developing game on game.
Mount’s focus will now be on the rest of the season with Chelsea.
One area of his game he’ll know he can improve is his goal output, so adding to his tally of six goals and six assists so far this season for the Blues has to be an ambition.
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