Young Mason Mount was recently rated a €100m player by the CIES Football Observatory, which makes him not only Chelsea’s most valuable player, but also Chelsea’s most important. There’s been a strong correlation between Mount’s individual and Chelsea’s collective performances this season, and his own upturn in form was key in Chelsea’s improving form just before the pandemic hit. That correlation is likely to continue as we resume the season and get back to trying to finish in the European places for next season.
Mount leads all players in appearances (41) and all attacking players in minutes (334 or 5.5 hours more than Willian), and he’s doing so already as just age 21. In fact, only Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi are younger among first-team regulars and Mount has nearly as many minutes as those two combined.
In theory, we’re just scratching the surface of what Mount can do. The real world may not always align to such theories, but we have the proper structure in place now to help him reach that potential, starting with the head coach.
“I’m very lucky to have worked with Lampard at both Derby and then at Chelsea this season. The manager has been great with me. He’s always giving me little bits of advice and he’s just been encouraging me to keep learning and to keep growing as a player.
“I’d love to add more goals to my game, like Frank did when he played for Chelsea. If I could make even half of his goals then I’d be very happy! He was so dominant as a goalscoring midfielder.
“I’d also like to be successful like him in terms of trophies won. As young players coming through, you dream of lifting silverware and that’s no different to this team. We want to win trophies and having seen the Chelsea team when Lampard was playing, that’s something we can aspire to.”
If that sounds like the perfect Chelsea answer, that’s because it is. And that should not come as a surprise from a player who literally grew up at the club from the age of 6. The year he joined, Frank Lampard scored the brace at Bolton to confirm our first league title in 50 years. Chelsea have gone on to average one major trophy a year since.
So even as the world and the football around us changes in response to global events, Mount has the opportunity to keep business going as usual at Chelsea, and do so for a long time to come.
“Seeing that they’ve managed to return in Germany and that we are following, it makes us very excited to get back playing.”
“We’ve all been sticking together [...] we have a really good team spirit here. [...] I’ve loved every minute of this season so far and hopefully we can come back and end it on a high now.”
-Mason Mount; source: Chelsea FC