'He's grown': Gianfranco Zola really impressed by how much better 23-year-old Chelsea star is getting

Gianfranco Zola has praised Chelsea’s Mason Mount by saying he’s been amazed by his development in recent years.

Mount, who’s one of the big success stories from the Blues academy, has grown into one of the most vital players at Stamford Bridge.

The 23-year-old was a key individual under his previous two Chelsea managers, Thomas Tuchel and Frank Lampard.

His new challenge is to impress Graham Potter, who has started him during his opening two games in charge as Blues coach.

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Gianfranco Zola praised Mason Mount

Chelsea legend Zola has handed out a big compliment to Mount.

When asked which players have surprised him in the past couple of years, Zola told Marca: “I’m impressed with Chelsea’s Mason Mount, how he’s grown. I also love Phil Foden. And of the Spaniards, Pedri is one of them, apart from many others.”

Zola fits into the category of Chelsea royalty when you talk to supporters, so it’s high praise indeed for Mount.

He highlights the improvement in the England star’s game in recent years.

There’s been a small dip in the attacking midfielder’s form this campaign, but he finished last season with 29 goal contributions (13 goals, 16 assists) across all competitions.

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Ian Wright recently claimed Mount looked angry in his latest England display, which came from the bench after losing his starting role.

He’ll be as disappointed as anyone that his individual form has not been at its usual standard lately. He’s far too good a player to stay quiet for too long, though.

It’s a massive game for Chelsea tomorrow in the Champions League group stage against AC Milan, so don’t be surprise to see Mount shine brightest when the pressure is on.

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Dom is a Chelsea supporter who has worked in online publishing for more than six years. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016, he now writes exclusively for The Chelsea Chronicle covering news, analysis and match coverage. He enjoys the dream position of writing about his boyhood club, which seems to be involved in more drama every single day than an episode of The Bill. Aside from his love for Chelsea, he supports and follows the England cricket team. He also fancies himself as the Sunday League version of Michael Essien.