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Mason Mount is the real deal!

With Eden Hazard gone, a transfer ban placed on Chelsea and a new coach, there seemed to be very little reason for optimism for the London club but one man has geared up from day one and never looked back and that man is Mason Mount. The Chelsea Academy product showed signed of greatness during his loan spell at Derby County scoring 11 times in 44 games while also chipping in 6 assists. With no new signings allowed into Chelsea for the 2019/20 season Mason Mount was retained in the Chelsea’s first team. He quickly established himself as the “energy guy”. He was the first to press, he would track back to help the defense and when the team had opportunities up front he was never far away from it. He showed the traits every young player would. Hungry and ready to prove a point. His play during the first half of the season helped propel Chelsea to a surprising top 4 spot. He is versatile enough to be deployed in multiple positions in midfield and his ability to give it his all means he is a type of player you want around the team. His seven goals from midfield was hugely impressive leading to comparisons with Chelsea great Frank Lampard. But with a shaky end to the season for Chelsea and cries from the fans for quality to be added to the team, Mount would face his first real challenge of his career.

In September Chelsea signed highly rated German midfielder Kai Havertz for a deal worth up to £75M. The German was coming off two terrific seasons with Bayern Leverkusen and was expected to take over the No. 10 spot from Mason Mount. Havertz for Leverkusen played with so much freedom across the front three. Often drifting in from a wide right position or sometimes finding himself as the highest man up. His movement off the ball was to die for and just like Mount, his ability arrive late in the box and get goals was top level. His last two season with Leverkusen saw him score 29 league goals in 64 games.

The start to the season wasn’t so rosy for Chelsea as Lampard tried to find ways to fit his shiny new signings into the team. Timo Werner (another new signing) struggled to get goals while being played out of position and Kai Havertz was not as effective as advertised. Somehow, in all that chaos Mason Mount remained a constant in the team. Mount for the early part of the season was relegated to a deeper position in midfield in a bid to accommodate Havertz and he played the position perfectly. The once too eager Mason Mount had to learn to be more calculating in the busiest position in football. His feel for the game grew enormously and he started to make better decisions. His touch in tight spaces was really good and we could see a more conscious attempt to create for his team. As the season progressed, Mount remained the one bright spot in Chelsea’s rather lack lustre season. The pressure piled on Lampard and he was eventually sacked.

Chelsea quickly replaced Lampard with former PSG coach Tomas Tuchel. The German who was familiar with both Timo Werner and Kai Havertz from his time in Borussia Dortmund was expected to find ways to get the big money signings back to their best but once again Mount remained a constant. The English man has been ever present in Tuchel’s team and has fit perfectly in Tuchel’s 3-4-3 formation.

The last 2 years for Mason Mount have been brilliant. There has clearly been a step up in his level of play and at age 22 he can only get better. He was essential to Chelsea’s top 4 finish last year and was hit with reality when the team went out to get his replacement for a record breaking £75M. Well right now, he worth a lot more to them.

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