Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount has been singled out by Danny Murphy following his performance against Burnley on Saturday. Mount helped Chelsea beat Burnley 3-0 at Turf Moor to make it six games unbeaten in all competitions for Frank Lampard’s side. The England international has still managed to be a regular starter this season despite the influx of signings in the off season.
Lampard started six of his summer acquisitions against Burnley, with goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, centre-back Thiago Silva and left-back Ben Chilwell leading the Blues to a fourth successive clean sheet.
Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech also started, and Timo Werner came into the starting XI after a late injury to Christian Pulisic.
Ziyech and Werner both scored but Murphy instead chose to single out Mount and reckons the 21-year-old is at home in a new central role.
“Well it was [Mount who stood out], he’s growing all the time in confidence,” Murphy said on Match of the Day.
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“Frank talked in the interview there about the system – he’s brilliant for me in the centre of the pitch.
“They played [N’Golo] Kante holding, [Kai] Havertz and Mount ahead, a bit like City used to do when they had [David] Silva and [Kevin] De Bruyne ahead of Fernandinho.
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“Look at the numbers for Mason Mount today. We’ve talked about his energy before, his tenacity, all those aspects, but the creativity of him I think gets a little bit underplayed at times.
“This is what I want to see from him in that position, all over the pitch, getting on the ball, driving forward, bringing other players into play.
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“There were a lot of good performances from Chelsea today as we saw, it was a very, very good display from all.
“But he was the main one in the first half. He was the one who was brave, trying to make things happen, trying to penetrate.
“I think if carries on progressing the way he is and playing like this, I think Gareth Southgate will have him in his first XI playing in one of these more central roles because he can dictate the game more.
“Variation in his passing, you want to see that from any midfielder, and I haven’t put in here some of the work he does going back.
“He’s more than capable from scoring from outside the box, he’s good on set plays.
“He’s around superstars and he’s still taking responsibility and getting the ball and saying ‘I’ll take the free kick, give me the ball, I’ll make something happen’.”
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