Joe Cole says all-round Chelsea star reminds him of his younger self

Chelsea icon Joe Cole said Mason Mount is the player most similar to his younger self in the current England setup as he responded to the midfielder’s critics.

Mount was named back-to-back Chelsea player of the season after racking up 11 goals and 10 assists in the Premier League and 29 goal contributions in all competitions last term.

Blues manager Thomas Tuchel has at least used six different formations in the Premier League during the season, including his preferred 3-4-3 system, and Mount remained one of the first names on the team sheet.

Unsurprisingly, Cole, who is clearly a big admirer of Mount, was recently full of praise for the 23-year-old’s all-round abilities.

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“The most similar to me — probably because he’s at Chelsea and I watch him a lot — is Mason Mount,” the former England international told Football Daily.

“Others have different attributes, some have better attributes in certain aspects than him, but he’s more rounded.

“If we had a time machine, and we put them all the great players and put them back in our era, Mason would be the one that adjusts quicker.

“Some [of the players from the previous era] wouldn’t believe the tackles they’d get and things like that.”

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Despite Mount’s impressive record for Chelsea, however, his output for England was not as impressive.

In the last year, he made 17 appearances for the national team and registered just one goal and three assists.

As a result, many England fans, particularly those who do not watch Chelsea games, were not impressed by how Gareth Southgate seems to view Mount as a key player.

“That’s the sign of the times, people don’t want to admit that they were wrong,” Cole argued.

“Anyone who’s not having Mason Mount needs to just have a look at themselves.”

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