Mason Mount ends Chelsea argument as transfer window priority for Todd Boehly remains clear


It was a little more than a year ago that Mason Mount set himself a somewhat modest target for the 2021/22 season: score 10 goals for Chelsea in all competitions. The academy graduate achieved that in April – and then he went about adding to his total for the campaign.

Mount’s 11th goal came in the Bernabeu against Real Madrid. Number 12 arrived in the FA Cup semi-final win over Crystal Palace. And his 13th and final strike of a gruelling season was the opener in the Blues’ impressive 3-0 victory over Leeds United at Elland Road.

Year-on-year improvement; it’s what Mount is about. So it was no surprise he reached double figures in terms of goals. What was perhaps more impressive, however, was that he doubled his assist total from eight to 16 during the 2021/22 campaign. It was a huge leap.

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Part of the reason for that is Mount was predominantly played in the forward line rather than in midfield. Another is that he took the majority of set pieces for Chelsea last term – and the Blues were a consistent threat from corners and free-kicks with the likes of Antonio Rudiger, Thiago Silva, and Trevoh Chalobah attacking crosses into the box.

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Some – even those within the Chelsea fanbase – have tried to play down Mount’s creative influence because he takes set pieces. It’s a strange argument given the importance they have in the modern game; a player’s ability to deliver the ball into the box at pace and with accuracy is a huge weapon.

Mount’s contribution to Chelsea’s season was recognised with supporters voting him Player of the Year. It meant he retained the accolade, a feat only Ray Wilkins, Frank Lampard, Juan Mata, and Eden Hazard had managed previously. And one of the early priorities for Chelsea’s new ownership will be to try to tie Mount down to a long-term contract.

Reflecting on his third campaign in the Blues side, and more importantly, hitting his goals target for the season, Mount said in an interview with Chelsea’s website: “It’s a massive focus of mine when I set goals at the beginning of a season. I’ve always looked to do that and to get double figures in both is obviously very difficult. It’s not an easy thing to do so I’m pleased.

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“I focus on where I can improve, which is the assists side [of the game] because I’ve naturally got goals in me. If I can get forward and arrive later into the box, as a midfielder I feel like I can score goals, if I’m working in training on the techniques as well.

“Assists can be a bit harder at times. It helps when you take set pieces because it’s a big part of the game. You always see people asking whether set pieces are an assist or not, but when you put the ball in the right position for your team-mate to score then it’s an assist.

“Nowadays when you look at the big, big games – the finals and semi-finals – how many goals are scored from set-pieces? It’s massive and it can have a big effect on the game, so I’ve focused on that and then just tried to add more assists as well.”

Source by Football London

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