3. Mason Mount, the creative, goal scoring workhorse
Much has already been said when it comes to breaking down Mason Mount’s performances this season but Tuesday’s performance from the Englishman seems to be the game that finally has the football community around the world sit up and take notice. Incredibly hard working and extremely talented when on the ball, Mount’s goal against Liverpool along with his performance on the day was quite simply outstanding. The ability to recognize the space available on the right side of Liverpool’s defense was followed by the technical ability to bring the ball under control without breaking pace which was in turn followed by the quick turn of pace near the edge of the box to create the half space required to get his shot away and past the despairing dive of Alisson Becker.
This was a moment of world class brilliance from a player just 22 years of age and in a game where the likes of Mohammed Salah and Sadio Mane are expected to be the ones providing these moments of magic, it was Mount who would take the center stage in Chelsea’s biggest game of the season thus far. Moreover, whereas the likes of Salah and Mane could be said to be heavily reliant on direct offensive output to have any tangible impact on games, Mount’s work rate off the ball would mean that he always has something to offer the team, especially in a game where Chelsea found themselves increasingly pinned back as the game progressed.
With six goals and five assists to his name already, Mount is just two goals short of equaling his offensive output last campaign with a third of the season still yet to be played and while he may or may not ultimately surpass said offensive contributions, what is clear is that the 22-year-old has most certainly grown past the claims of simply being “Lampard’s son” or “Southgate’s pet student”. This is an incredible player with immense potential to match and most importantly of all, he is Chelsea through and through.
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