Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness heaped praise on the shoulders of Chelsea star Mason Mount ahead of last night’s 2-1 victory over Leicester City at Stamford Bridge, insisting “he should be one of the first names on the teamsheet for England.”
Mount has enjoyed an outstanding campaign for the Blues, playing a key role in their push for a top-four finish and run to the final of the UEFA Champions League.
After Frank Lampard was sacked by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich towards the end of January, some feared that Mount would become one of the biggest victims of Thomas Tuchel’s arrival, with the German being tipped to overlook academy graduates and focus on the Blues’ big-money signings.
That, though, could not have proven to have been further from the truth, with Mount having cemented himself as one Tuchel’s most important figures within the team. In 25 appearances under Tuchel, the former Derby County loanee has scored six goals and claimed two assists, as well as proving to be an all-round nuisance for opposition defenders.
With that in mind, Souness, when comparing his Premier League campaign with that of fellow England international James Maddison, hailed his maturity and how he needs to be amongst the starters for England, with now less than a week to go until Gareth Southgate names his squad for the European Championships.
“If you’re making a direct comparison tonight between him (Maddison) and Mason Mount, I think Mount has had a better season than he has,” Souness told Sky Sports. “I really, really like this boy.
“I think he should be one of the first names on the teamsheet for England as well.
“He doesn’t play like a young player. He plays like a player who’s got six or seven years of experience at this level.”
Alongside Souness in the Sky Sports studio was former Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd-Hasselbaink, who also waxed lyrical about the Blues attacking-midfield ace.
“He’s super. He’s got everything, without the ball, with the ball, the hunger, he sees a pass,” said Hasselbaink.
“At times, he’s too eager, he wants too much, he wants to show too much – especially at the beginning when Tuchel came, he wanted to show what was good, what he was about.
“But when you strip his game down, he’s been one of the best young players, with [Phil] Foden, this year.”
Source by Football London