Andy Townsend has lauded Mason Mount’s leadership qualities following the midfielder’s hat-trick against Norwich City on Saturday afternoon.
The 22-year-old was the star man for the Blues as they thumped the Canaries 7-0 at Stamford Bridge, with the England international scoring three goals in the first game he has netted in this season in the Premier League.
Now, ex-Chelsea midfielder Townsend has hailed the England midfielder as a new leader in Chelsea’s team following his sensational performance in front of his adoring supporters.
Townsend said on Premier League Productions: “Every time, he’s in their best 11. I think he has shown now for club and country that he can operate in the big games.
“He has good discipline about his game. He is an aggressive boy, he’ll throw himself into a challenge, but you rarely see him getting involved with anything unnecessary.
“I think he has a real sharp focus right now about what to do. ‘I’m getting in the box, I’m getting on the edge of the box, I’m getting my shots away. I have to provide some output to stay in this team’.
“The team are now looking at him to lead from that position and I think he’s doing that. He is tremendous.”
Speaking to the club’s media after the game, Mount opened up on a “special day” for him on a personal note and also revealed what he is going to do with the match ball that he now gets to keep because of the hat-trick.
“It was a good day, special day definitely to score a hat-trick here at the Bridge,” the Chelsea star said.
“I don’t think I’ve ever scored more than one goal for Chelsea, so to get three in a game after 25 games that I did not score, it’s a great feeling.
“But more importantly, seven goals, you don’t see that often and to get a clean sheet, the way we performed today, mentality-wise, it was top class.
“I’m going to get it (the match ball) boxed up in the house, along with the shirt probably. It will probably take a bit of time to sink in. It’s definitely a special day today.”
Mount will be hoping to continue his fine form on Tuesday, should he be selected, when the Blues welcome Southampton to Stamford Bridge in the Round of 16 of the Carabao Cup.