The importance of Mason Mount for club and country
By Louis Ellis
Fresh from another crucial performance for Chelsea against Porto, Mason Mount’s pivotal role for both club and country is becoming increasingly harder to ignore. Two months ago when Chelsea lined up against Wolverhampton Wanderers in Tuchels first game, the talking point was not the lineup, it was Mount’s inclusion on the bench that raised the eyebrows of many. There were many who wrongly claimed that Frank Lampard would show favouritism towards Mount during his tenure, however as recent performances for club and country show , Lampard was right to place a high amount of trust in Mount.
Having played for Chelsea since he was 8, Mount has always dreamed of playing for Chelsea, even defiantly saying to his father that he will make it at Chelsea. It’s Mount’s determination that has carried him this far, from shining out on loan at Vitesse and then another phenomenal loan at Derby County, Mount’s time to shine in the premier league finally came. It was by no means an easy season to make your debut for Chelsea who were currently serving a transfer ban and having to rely on academy talent more than ever before. It proved to be a strong first season for Mount, from making his debut for England and opening the scoring under Frank Lampard.
Mount’s second however has seen him go from strength to strength and now he’s dubbed as the potential next captain for Chelsea. It was rightly pointed out by Gareth Southgate that Mount is finally getting the recognition he deserves because Tuchel has recognised that Mount needs to be the fist name on every team sheet for Chelsea, however this is something that should’ve been recognised months ago.
It’s evident in every game how influential Mount is with his movement both on and off the ball providing endless opportunities and chances for his teammates. But most importantly it’s his attitude and desire that’s carried him this far that’s to be admired. Mount is a special player that continues to grow and grow. From his crucial Champions League quarter final goal against Porto to his influential man of the match performance against Crystal Palace, it’s clear Chelsea and England have a special player on there hands.