'Absolutely outstanding': Joe Cole says £88k-a-week Chelsea player is now one of Tuchel's most important players

Joe Cole has praised the recent form of Chelsea star Mason Mount, adding he’s currently one of the most important players in Thomas Tuchel’s squad.

Mount, who earns £88,000-a-week, has really impressed in the last few games.

The 23-year-old attacking midfielder has four goals in his last three Blues appearances, including a strike in this weekend’s 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace in the FA Cup semi-finals.

He’s now scored 12 goals and made 14 assists so far this season across all competitions, which highlights how much he’s improved with his end product.

Pundit and ex-Chelsea star Cole highlights how crucial the England international is right now at Stamford Bridge.

“This week Mase has been absolutely outstanding… He makes the difference,” Cole told ITV 1 (6:40pm, 17 April).

“He’s clinical. That’s very easy to slash at that finish but what he’s done there is give [Jack] Butland no chance. Mason Mount is probably one of the most important players in Chelsea.”

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Improvement at Chelsea

Mount ended the last campaign with nine goals and nine assists, so there’s a clear progression with his game.

In fairness, this 2021/22 season took a while for him to discover his best form. There were a few England internationals across the Premier League that maybe had a hangover from last summer’s Euros, too.

He’s in a purple patch of form now, though, that is seeing him act as a creative hub in the final third of the pitch.

If he continues like this, he should smash through the barrier of 30 direct goal contributions in a season.

It’s great to see some consistency in attack from him and Kai Havertz.

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A sports journalist who graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016 and is a Chelsea supporter. Loves anything football or cricket related when it comes to England.