Micah Richards said Chelsea ace Mason Mount has proved him wrong and won him over after initially having doubts about the midfielder’s ability.
To be fair, even many Chelsea fans questioned Mount’s being a regular starter under Frank Lampard.
The 22-year-old is not exactly the type that would often glide past players — although he certainly did at times — and tends to keep things simple.
Lampard even argued that a lack of showreel on social media meant Mount was not seen as a glamorous player.
“He doesn’t do too many treble step overs and flicks over the back of his head as he shouldn’t do,” the Chelsea legend explained (via the Mirror).
“He makes really efficient, clean, sharp passes, he presses as well as any midfield player that I’ve worked with or played alongside.”
Mount ‘won me over’ says Richards
It is not only some section of the fans that did not see how valuable Mount’s work rate is at first, though, as Richards admitted being one of them.
“I was a non-believer, to be honest,” Richard said about Mount’s being a key player for England, to Lineker and Shearer’s surprise on BBC MOTD.
“I didn’t see it. I just thought [Phil] Foden and [Jack] Grealish had more ability, and [James] Maddison was playing really well.
“I just looked the attributes and thought they were better, but he’s [Mount] proved me wrong.
“He can do everything. He won me over.
“This is the difference. Grealish is playing at Aston Villa with no Champions League. Mount has got the chance to do it on the big stage.
“That goal he scored against Porto where he took it with his left foot, turned, and struck it with his right foot — [it was] just a ridiculous goal.
“He played against Atletico Madrid, and he didn’t do anything really good defensively, it’s all about his positioning, work rate, and understanding of the game.
“Now he’s right up there. He’s as good as any of them now.”