'Not been great': Darren Bent thinks 23-year-old Chelsea player is miles from his best right now

Darren Bent has questioned Mason Mount’s form this season by suggesting the Chelsea player is miles from his best levels.

Mount, who’s won back-to-back player of the year awards at Chelsea, has grown into a real talisman at Stamford Bridge.

The 23-year-old attacking midfielder was a key figure under Thomas Tuchel, who was sacked as the Blues manager in surprise fashion last week.

Therefore, Mount’s task is to start over and to try become a favourite of new head coach Graham Potter. Incidentally, it’s been reported that Potter is already an admirer of his.

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Mason Mount’s form

TalkSPORT pundit Bent thinks that Mount has been playing within himself in the past couple of months.

He’s got zero goals and zero assists in eight appearances this season, but the England regular has still been called up by his country for the international break this month.

“Mason Mount, not been good this season at all by his own standards. He had a good season last season, not been great this season,” Bent told talkSPORT.

When discussing Mount’s latest England call-up, he added: “Gareth [Southgate] has called him up, that one I get because at least he’s actually playing… Even though he’s not playing as well as he can do, at least he’s match ready.”

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Mount’s been playing so consistently at such a young age in recent years, so there’s going to be the odd drop of form. Hopefully, the creative player will still get back to his very best again because Chelsea need him.

Raheem Sterling’s picked up the slack as Chelsea’s go-to attacker this season, but Mount has so often been the solution for this team.

His versatility to play in so many different midfield and attacking positions is a great strength. It would be great to see him nail down one specialist role, though.

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Dom is a Chelsea supporter who has worked in online publishing for more than six years. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016, he now writes exclusively for The Chelsea Chronicle covering news, analysis and match coverage. He enjoys the dream position of writing about his boyhood club, which seems to be involved in more drama every single day than an episode of The Bill. Aside from his love for Chelsea, he supports and follows the England cricket team. He also fancies himself as the Sunday League version of Michael Essien.