Player of the year, Ballon d’Or nomination and Tuchel’s top scorer – Chelsea to reward ‘star boy’ Mount with lucrative new contract


Chelsea received a timely reminder of Mason Mount’s worth in the incredible 7-0 Premier League win over Norwich City on Saturday afternoon.

The treble hero blew up the poor Canarian side of Daniel Farke, opening the scoring with a long-distance strike and he followed it with a penalty and a late tap-in. At this point, the three points had been secured for a long time.

Without £ 150million ($ 206million) of notable talent – Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner both were injured – Thomas Tuchel has turned to a new front line at Stamford Bridge.

He found an even smoother and more exciting attack unit as Mount bonded well with Callum Hudson-Odoi and Kai Havertz in a new three-forward look.

The 22-year-old has been the subject of debate this week with the focus on his contractual situation; Goal first revealed that the Blues were ready to offer him a lucrative new contract as he only had two and a half years left under his current terms.

However, after an almost perfect end to last season and an assist in the Champions League final for Havertz, Mount had recently lost his best form.

Heading into the game against a newly promoted championship team, Mount had failed to score in 25 games for club and country. Maybe that’s why we saw him say: “It’s fucking time!” after his goal in the eighth minute.

This scoreless run is just not good enough for a player of his quality and came as he was coming back from a first major injury since returning to the West London club after a string of loans.

It was a rare time when Mount hadn’t been able to show his best – recently described as “mentally tired” by Tuchel.

With the match ball under his arm on Saturday, Mount admitted he was not happy with his own form as that is what he is ultimately ruled on that he is ultimately judged on.

“Before the match, I put pressure on myself to be on the scoresheet, then three arrived in the same match. It’s obviously a huge moment for me. I will remember this one for a long time, ”said Mount BT Sport After the game.

“Sometimes you have to take a step back, but in the last two games I’ve felt ready to play. It’s a great time for me to score three points at home at Stamford Bridge.”

It’s remarkable that such a young player sets such high standards for himself considering he’s been Tuchel’s top scorer since taking over as manager in January.

Now with nine goals since the arrival of the German, Mount is three ahead of the next top scorers, penalty specialists Jorginho and Havertz.

“To have the hat-trick for Mason is huge because it’s a huge moment for him,” Tuchel said afterwards. “He’s very, very proud, he put a lot of pressure on himself. I feel him a little lighter and he’s playing with more freedom in the last few matches and that’s what we need.

“There have been a lot of games and there are still a lot of games for him at a very young age. He was and still is very competitive and he is serious about his goals that he wants to achieve.

“I feel him a little lighter now and that means a lot that he has a hat-trick under his belt as an academy boy.”

He also won the club’s Player of the Season award, in addition to being the current Premier League academy player of the year, and he even earned himself a Ballon d’Or nomination.

It is clear that he should no longer be seen as a mere young player produced by the Chelsea academy and instead should be seen as a true star of this team.

Mount’s status in the locker room is already huge, earning Tuchel’s respect for the way he works off the pitch and earning the “star boy” nickname from his peers.

Chelsea need to offer Mount the contract he deserves, putting him at a similar salary level to Havertz and Werner, and reflect his status as one of the club’s main differentiators.


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