Mason Mount showed promise ever since he was a kid.
Former Chelsea assistant coach, Steve Holland praised the midfielder’s growth.
“When I was reserve-team coach at Chelsea, I’d ask Neil Bath at the academy if I could go and help him one night a week,” he recalled to the Daily Mail. “I saw Mason at the age of 12 and 13. He was small and relatively weak at that stage, but had an incredible brain.
“Sometimes when you don’t have physical attributes when you’re young, it challenges your brain because you can’t be successful just by being faster and stronger.
“It works the mind, how do I get more touches, how do I anticipate things because I can’t win duels. That is the process Mason went through. His body has developed and he’s now competing equally physically but is benefiting from having his brain challenged early.
“It is unusual to have a player who is perceptive offensively and clever defensively. Normally you get one or the other. He’s one of the few who gives you both, which is why every coach he’s worked with likes him so much.”
Mount has enjoyed a prolific campaign, being named as Chelsea’s Player of the Season.
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