'Doesn't get enough credit': Joe Cole says 'outstanding' Chelsea star is still undervalued

Former Chelsea man Joe Cole suggested Mason Mount remains underappreciated even though he has been put up for football’s highest individual honour.

Speaking to the Sun, Cole fully supported the midfielder’s recent Ballon d’Or nomination, an award he himself was beaten to by Fabio Cannavaro in 2006.

Magic Mason

Mount earned a spot on the 30-man shortlist, following his efforts for both club and country.

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He played a pivotal role throughout Chelsea’s recent Champions League triumph, providing the assist for Kai Havertz’s winner in the final.

The 22-year-old also featured heavily for England at the European Championships, helping Gareth Southgate’s side to the showpiece event at Wembley Stadium.

Not many players in Europe mustered more minutes last season than the energise Stamford Bridge bunny.

In 2020/21, Mount made 54 appearances for the Blues and another 14 for England.

Some mighty air miles in the bank and a Ballon d’Or vote to show for it.

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But for all the glitz and glam surrounding the prestigious accolade, Cole insisted the Chelsea star boy wouldn’t stray from the bigger projects at hand – reclaiming the Premier League and Champions League.

“All of those young Chelsea players have got their heads screwed on, as players and as people so I don’t think it will make any difference to Mason,” said the ex-Blues winger.

“That’s nice. Crack on. But without doubt, he deserves that nomination.

“He was outstanding last year. He is Mr Reliable, and he doesn’t get enough credit for his maturity on the pitch.

“And then he goes and creates a goal in the Champions League final.”

Blues for the Ballon d’Or

Chelsea are well represented in the Ballon d’Or running.

Alongside Mount, Jorginho, Cesar Azpilicueta, Romelu Lukaku and N’Golo Kante have all had their names thrown into the ring.

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Of the five, Jorginho seems most likely to knock Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo off their perch.

The current UEFA Men’s Player of the Year had a terrific summer, a victor in Europe with Thomas Tuchel’s team and Italy.

Kante can’t be far off, thanks to his numerous Champions League man-of-the-match displays last campaign.

All will be revealed when the winner is announced on the 29th of November.

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"Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produced regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League. Nathaniel is a full-time writer for the Chelsea Chronicle, and was formerly their social media man. His footballing career reached the sparkling heights of winning the Under-13s Bloxham Tournament in 2011."