'Outstanding talent': Roy Keane and Ashley Cole rave about 'all-rounder' Chelsea ace

Ashley Cole and Roy Keane had some extremely kind words to say about Chelsea and England sensation Mason Mount, speaking on ITV.

Mount shone again for the Three Lions after he started and scored in the 2-0 World Cup qualifying win over Albania yesterday.

The 22-year-old is rapidly establishing himself as one of Gareth Southgate’s go to men and will likely play a prominent role at this summer’s European Championships.

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There can’t be many superlatives left to describe the Blues talented midfielder.

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However, Cole and Keane managed to conjure up a few following Mount’s performance on Sunday.

Former Chelsea left-back Cole said: “I think Gareth really trusts him to implement the tactical game he wants.

“He presses well from midfield, he can press one, two, or three players at times, which can get the line-up.

“He’s always forward thinking. He always wants to break the lines with passes forward. He’s got the energy to run in behind.

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“He’s an all-rounder. You wondered; does he score enough goals? Today he proved the quality he has in front of goal with a nice finish.”

Keane continued with the compliments, admitting: “I think he’s outstanding. He effects the games. He’s always involved.

“His goal today was outstanding. He makes the game look easy. Always in control of the ball. Outstanding talent.”

This is not the first high-end appraisal Mount has received this season, nor will it be the last.

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He continues to prove his importance for club and country, having matured incredibly after making his senior Chelsea just under two years ago.

Since he played against Manchester United on the Premier League’s opening day of 2019/20, Mount has played 107 out of a possible 114 games for Chelsea and England.

It proves how valued he is by the three managers he’s played under in that time.

Frank Lampard was the pioneer of Mount’s rise to stardom, one Southgate and now Thomas Tuchel have continued.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – MARCH 04: Thomas Tuchel the manager of Chelsea shakes hands with Mason Mount after he is substituted during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield on March 04, 2021 in Liverpool, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Alex Livesey – Danehouse/Getty Images)

England faces off with Poland on Wednesday evening as Chelsea takes on West Bromwich Albion this weekend, matches Mount will expect to be a part of.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.