Pat Nevin purred with delight when writing about Mason Mount’s five-star display for Chelsea during the 7-0 demolition of Norwich City last weekend.
In his column for the club website, Nevin logged Mount’s marvellous contribution to the Canaries downfall on Saturday.
Mount in the moment
The England international was thrice a scorer at Stamford Bridge, each effort varying in execution.
He first beat Tim Krul with a scorching low drive that trimmed the turf as it flew into the bottom corner.
Krul did manage to deny the midfielder from 12-yards, only for the penalty to be retaken because Norwich’s goalkeeper had encroached from his line.
Mount converted at the second attempt and soon sealed his hattrick by rolling the ball into an empty net following fine approach work from Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
A stellar afternoon for the 22-year-old, one that he will not forget in a hurry.
“It is difficult to pass by any player who scores three goals in a Premier League match and I have no intention of doing so, but Mason Mount was only one of any number of players who were well over 8/10 for the day,” said Nevin.
“He got the hat-trick, the match ball, the man of the match and even a little bit of luck with the penalty re-take going in his favour.
“He did however deserve that little help as his quality and attitude were bordering on perfection from start to finish.”
As bad as Norwich were, Mount and Chelsea’s control from start to finish cannot be undermined.
They scored more than four goals in a game for the first time under Thomas Tuchel, a feat achieved without Romelu Lukaku or Timo Werner in attendance.
Their football was sharp and speedy; incisive and full of intent.
Callum Hudson-Odoi and Reece James concluded the Cobham affair with fine finishes of their own, whilst Ben Chilwell’s clean strike sprinkled an English scent on the result.
Potentially all of the scorers could be rested this evening, as Chelsea return to action in the Carabao Cup at home to Southampton.