‘He’s one of Gareth’s favourites’: Ashley Cole heaps praise on Chelsea’s Mason Mount as the playmaker starts ahead of Jack Grealish against Belgium… despite the Aston Villa man starring in victory over Wales
- Ashley Cole has labelled Mason Mount as one of the best midfielders in England
- Cole says his ability to ‘break lines without the ball’ and ‘connect’ is unmatched
- Cole also believes Mount’s work ethic has earned his a spot as Gareth’s favourite
Ashley Cole has heaped praise on Chelsea youngster Mason Mount ahead of England’s clash with Belgium.
Mount has enjoyed a barrage of success at Chelsea and has already been capped nine times by England at senior level. Cole believes his ‘consistent’ performances will see him heavily involved for Gareth Southgate’s team going forwards.
The former Blues player referred to Mount as ‘one of the best young midfielders in England right now’ due to his ability to ‘break lines without the ball’ and ‘connect lines’.
Ashley Cole has labelled Mason Mount as one of the best midfielders in England at the moment
Cole says Mount’s ability to ‘break lines without the ball’ and ‘connect’ is currently unmatched
Cole said: ‘He seems to play in the Chelsea team consistently, one of Gareth’s favourites, brings a lot of work ethic, desire, breaks lines without the ball, connects the game well, and one of the best young midfielders in England right now.’
Mount will start ahead of Jack Grealish in England’s match against Belgium, despite the Aston Villa man playing a starring role against Wales.
Grealish registered an assist during Thursday’s 3-0 victory over Wales and was named Man of the Match in his first international start.
However, when asked about the Aston Villa captain’s contributions after the game, Southgate was quick to turn his attention to Mount.
Mount starts ahead of Jack Grealish, despite the Villa man registered an assist against Wales
Cole believes that Chelsea’s Mount is one of England boss Gareth Southgate’s favourites
He said: ‘I’m very pleased with him [Grealish] and he’ll be delighted to have had his first start, he’s a different type.
Before moving on to mention the Chelsea youngster, saying: ‘Mount coming on in a similar position, again I thought he had an excellent impact on the game.
‘He presses so well, he moves the ball so quickly and he had a real impact in setting up two or three chances, an immediate impact on the game.’
When asked again about Grealish’s performance, the Three Lion’s boss returned to speaking about Mount.
He said: ‘I thought Mason Mount was excellent as we moved him back in central midfield. That’s something I haven’t seen him do since he was 16, 17-years-old.
‘That was a little experiment we wanted to look at as well and it helped us move the ball quickly through the middle.’
It might be safe to say that Cole is right, Chelsea youngster Mason Mount might just be one of Southgate’s favourites.
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