Andy Townsend has suggested that plenty of the Chelsea squad are now looking towards Mason Mount as a leader figure at Stamford Bridge.
Aged 22, Mount has already cemented himself as a key player in the Blues first team in a little over two years.
The attacking midfielder was one of the first names on the team sheet under ex-boss Frank Lampard. He’s continued to get even better by winning over current manager Thomas Tuchel in 2021, too.
He stole the headlines on Saturday afternoon by scoring a hat-trick in the 7-0 Premier League win at home to Norwich City, which were his first goals of the season.
Townsend has said he thinks some Chelsea players look to Mount to lead in attack. The England international is often the go-to figure for Tuchel’s side that will either create a goalscoring chance or win back possession with his relentless pressing. Thankfully, he scored his first goals of the season at the weekend to get that pressure off his shoulders.
In addition, he mentioned the aggression Mount has in his game. This solely comes from his full-blooded commitment that means he’ll leave his all on the pitch.
“I think he’s shown now, for club and for country, that he can operate in the big games,” Townsend said.
“He’s got good discipline about his game. He’s an aggressive boy, he’ll throw himself into a challenge, but you rarely see him getting up and getting involved in anything unnecessary.
“I think he’s got a real sharp focus now about what to do. ‘I’m getting in the box, I’m getting on the edge of that box, I’m getting my shots away. I’ve got to provide some output to stay in this team’. And the team are now looking to him to, kind of, lead from that position. And, do you know what? He’s doing that. I think he’s tremendous.”
For sure, Mount is a future club captain at Chelsea.
The academy graduate has filled in before to wear the armband and perhaps he can be the natural successor to Cesar Azpilicueta in a few years time.
He bleeds blue like so many within the current squad, but you’d say he’s a player the XI can be built around moving forward if he keeps developing on the same path.
It’s quite telling he’s got the respect of the Blues dressing room at a young age already.
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