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How Mount has become an all-round Chelsea star

Adrian Clarke 10 May 2021
Mason Mount

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Thomas Tuchel recently described Mason Mount as "the full package" and it is difficult to argue against that assessment.

Mount has built on a promising debut Premier League campaign to become a consistently influential figure for Chelsea.

Comfortable as a central attacking midfielder or out wide, the 22-year-old is now one of the most well-rounded players in the competition.

Mount's rank among midfielders
  2020/21 total PL rank
Set-play chances created 38 1st
Shots 50 2nd
Chances created 78 2nd
Poss. won in final third 24 2nd
Touches in opp. box 118 4th
Open-play chances created 40 5th
Succ. passes in opp. half 963 5th
Tackles 73 8th

The range of Mount’s impact for Chelsea is simply outstanding.

His set-piece deliveries are excellent, as is his ability to break forward, earning him a reputation as one of the division’s most creative talents.

He also presses very well out of possession, with Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne the only midfielder who has won the ball back inside the final third more often.

Mount is one of the most prolific tacklers in the league too, flying into more challenges than most specialist defensive midfielders.

When all of this is put together, it is clear why Frank Lampard, England manager Gareth Southgate and now Tuchel value his contributions so much.

Assists set to rise

So far this season Mount has six goals and five assists, but there is even more to come from him in terms of end product.

His sublime touch and pass for Kai Havertz in the recent home win over Fulham was rightly lauded, and this area is a part of his game that should develop over time.

Mount assist for Havertz v Fulham

Mount’s relationship with Timo Werner is also building very nicely.

Just over 32 per cent of the chances he creates are for the German forward, and once Werner starts converting more frequently, Mount’s assist tally will rise.

Mount's preferred link-ups
Team-mate Open-play chances created Assists in open play
Timo Werner 13 0
Christian Pulisic 7 0
Kai Havertz 4 1

Mount’s growth as a player at club and international level over the past year is easy to see.

While there is of course more room for improvement, his progress and consistency is nothing short of exceptional.

Mount season comparison
Season 2019/20 2020/21
Stats per 90 minutes Total CHE rank Total CHE rank
Open-play chances created 0.9 10th 1.4 3rd
Succ. passes in opp. half 24.3 9th 33.1 2nd
Tackles 1.2 14th 2.5 3rd
Shots 1.6 6th 1.7 3rd

His decision-making both on and off the ball belies his age and relative lack of experience. 

Between now and the end of the season, Chelsea have some hugely important fixtures left in their quest to finish in the top four.

They are also in the finals of the FA Cup and UEFA Champions League.

Fitness permitting, Mount will certainly start all of those matches and will no doubt have a big say in how Chelsea end 2020/21.

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