Chelsea news: Mason Mount has an ‘amazing future’ but Schwarzer issues challenge | Football | Sport
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has thrown Mason Mount into his first-team plans this season, and Mark Schwarzer has been impressed.
The 20-year-old has scored four goals in his first eight Premier League appearances for the Blues after spending last season on-loan at Derby, and is set to make his first England start on Friday.
Former Chelsea goalkeeper Schwarzer has now backed the midfielder to continue his rise, and is keen to see how he interacts with his more experience team-mates during the rest of the season.
“I think Mount has done really well so far,” Schwarzer told Goal.
“He has been exciting to watch. He is a big talent, he played very well in the Championship last season under Frank [Lampard] so he knows him really well.
“I like so much about him. The biggest thing is that movement, dropping the shoulder, taking on a player and caressing the ball.
“His link-up play is very good. His understanding with Tammy Abraham is very good. I like his evolution.
“It will be interesting to see what he is like when more experienced players come into the team like Willian and Pedro, if there’s more consistency and how he links up with them.
“I think that will be interesting. He has an amazing future. I think everyone thinks that.”
Mount is set to make Gareth Southgate’s starting XI against the Czech Republic this evening after James Maddison withdrew from the squad with an illness, and his international boss has praised him for his recent displays at club level.
Southgate said when asked what he made of the prospect: “Exactly what I thought of him when I saw him at 16 playing for our U16s.
“He’s a quality player, an intelligent footballer, presses well, has a real eye for goal, good quality.
“So, nothing I’ve seen surprises me at all.
“We’ve had him marked as a player from the first time I saw him at St. George’s [Park].
“Chelsea would be the same on that, I think, but of course he’s now been able to have the opportunity to play in the Premier League and display that against top teams.
“I think you saw his penalty in the Super Cup, [that] was a nice cameo of what he’s about, really.”