'Not sure': Pundit claims Arsenal player might not be as talented as Chelsea's Mason Mount

Craig Burley suggested that Chelsea gem Mason Mount had an even more lucrative career path ahead of him than Arsenal’s Emile Smith Rowe.

Speaking on ESPN, Burley was asked if Smith Rowe was the most underrated youngster in the Premier League and how great his potential could be.  

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The 21-year-old is certainly the young man of the moment right now.

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He is enjoying the form of his life, within an Arsenal side who are experiencing similar success.


This season, Smith Rowe has scored five times and assisted another two from 13 games for the Gunners.

With three goals in his last four league outings, there are few shining brighter or performing better than the South Londoner.

His output has been rewarded with a first-ever call-up to England’s senior team for their next set of fixtures.

But despite Smith Rowe’s rapid rise, Burley still questioned whether he could reach the levels of his fellow youth stars.

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“I think he is a good player, but I’m not sure the ceiling is as high for him as the likes of a Phil Foden and maybe one or two others,” said the former Chelsea man.

“Maybe Mason Mount. Marcus Rashford, who is just coming back into the side.

“But he is a good player, there’s no doubt about it and he’s made an impact, so we will see.”

Mount or Smith Rowe?

Of course, there are obvious comparisons to be drawn between Mount and Smith Rowe.

Both are young, English midfielders, who are crucial to the make-up of their respective clubs.

The pair are elegant in possession and intelligent out of it.

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Yet, it’s fair to say Mount has already achieved far more than Smith Rowe, despite the two being similar ages.

Chelsea’s no.19 is a Champions League winner and a European Championship runner-up.

He has 120 first-team appearances for the Blues, compared to Smith Rowe’s 58.

Granted, the latter does possess an Under-17 World Cup golden medal, something that’s evaded his compatriot.

Smith Rowe will have the chance to step into Mount’s England shoes whilst he recovers from dental surgery and possibly prove Burley wrong.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces 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.