Rio Ferdinand believes Mason Mount is capable of scoring more goals but his teammates will have to “start realising” the clever movements he makes up front.
A moment of brilliance from the 22-year-old could not have come at a better time for Chelsea in Seville.
Porto had piled on the pressure in the first half an hour of the game before Mount gave Chelsea the lead, out of next to nothing.
Ferdinand highlighted how one immaculate touch from Mount pretty much created that goal.
“It’s beautiful, it brought [the ball] straight into his path,” the former England international said of Mount’s first touch before his goal during BT Sport’s post-match coverage.
“And it was one touch-to-shoot straight away.”
However, Ferdinand also said that he spotted several other runs from Mount that got ignored by his teammates.
“What I like about him [Mount] is his movements off the ball to get on the ball,” he explained.
“Once the other players start realising that he actually makes movements to get beyond the [opposition] defenders and start playing the ball a little bit longer than a 10-yard [pass] to feet, he will get more opportunity [to score].
“Because he made runs that no one saw, and he [would have been] in if they had played the ball forward.”
This, unfortunately, is not only the case for Mount and has been somewhat of an issue at Chelsea for the last couple of seasons.
Including Mount, Chelsea have plenty of attackers who often make good runs behind the opposition defensive line, such as Timo Werner, Christian Pulisic, and Callum Hudson-Odoi.
The problem is that they do not have any player who can consistently feed these players with the ball, at least not since Cesc Fabregas’ departure a couple of years ago.
Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho are very good at keeping the possession of the ball in the middle of the pitch but unfortunately do not produce those ‘Hollywood passes’ that Fabregas came up with on a weekly basis.
Hakim Ziyech is probably the only Chelsea player who possesses such vision. But he does not play regularly and when he does, he will play in an attacking role and often does not have the space that a centre-midfielder does.