Frank Leboeuf was full of praises for Mason Mount after his impressive goalscoring performance in Chelsea’s 1-0 win over Liverpool at Anfield on Thursday.
The Blues had already shown their defensive capability under Thomas Tuchel, but there were still questions over their attacking output before the game.
But as Chelsea have proved in the games against Tottenham Hotspur, Atletico Madrid, and now Liverpool, you only need one moment of brilliance to secure an important win.
This time, that individual brilliance came from Mount who has grown into a leader at Chelsea, according to Leboeuf.
“He [Mount] is absolutely fantastic — [and] he’s still a young lad, we shouldn’t forget that,” the former Blues centre-back told ESPN FC.
“He [has played] under two different coaches, and he’s been perfect — and he’s a leader.
“He’s the kind of player that makes the difference.”
Leboeuf said that most of the Chelsea players were “fantastic” last night, highlighting the visitors’ strong performances in defence and midfield.
“But up front, even if you can say [Timo] Werner had a good game and [Hakim] Ziyech is still struggling, there is one who always gives his best and does very very well, that is Mason Mount,” he added.
“What he did to Fabinho, how he found the corner, how he scored the goal, he shows that he’s already matured and always makes the right decision.
“Hats off, my man, carry on like that because you have a great future, for sure.”
Those who have followed Mount’s career since his academy days should be least surprised by the 22-year-old’s goal last night.
It was exactly the type of goals he was scoring for fun in the academy and even during his loan spells at Vitesse and Derby County.
Often playing as a No.8 under Frank Lampard really helped Mount improve his overall game, but it also limited his attacking freedom.
The hybrid No.10 – inside forward role under Tuchel places less defensive responsibility on his shoulder and unsurprisingly helps him thrive in the final third.
For Mount, the next step is to deliver on a consistent basis — because it is safe to say that he has cemented his place as a regular starter under the new manager.