It seems a long time ago when Mason Mount was named among the 6 best players in the Premier League (in 2020/2021) or when the young attacking midfielder from Chelsea was among the 30 final candidates for the Ballon d’Or 2021 (he had finished in 19th position). Since the start of the 2022-2023 season, like the London collective, the English international (36 caps, 5 goals) has been struggling in Her Majesty’s Kingdom. Once brilliant under the colors of his training club, Mount is now a shadow of himself on the green rectangle. Fans are wondering where the player who was revealed in 2019/2020 under the orders of Frank Lampard went.
Used 31 times since the start of the season (26 starts), Mason Mount has found the net only 3 times and delivered 6 assists. We are then far from the standards of the native of Portsmouth, who had for example planted 13 goals and offered 16 assists in 2021/2022. The loss of influence on the game of Chelsea is flagrant for the Englishman, criticized for his too disappointing performances. His last match against Southampton (0-1, 24th day of the Premier League) perfectly illustrates the difficulties he has been encountering lately.
Mount is no longer the same with Chelsea
He only touched 22 balls against the Saints, losing… 11 in total. Moreover, Mount’s pass completion rate against the Premier League bottom hasn’t topped 54%, while he hasn’t won a duel, delivered a key pass or even won a ball. Not enough to boost his popularity rating with Chelsea fans, who had nevertheless unfurled a banner bearing his likeness at Stamford Bridge that day. The weeks pass and almost all look the same for Mason Mount, too often ghostly for the taste of his supporters, who know he can do much better.
The explanation may lie in his contractual situation. At the end of the contract in June 2024 with the Blues, Mason Mount has still not extended. The principal concerned rejected all the proposals made by Chelsea last summer, but also this fall. It is rumored that the player passed by Derby County claims an astronomical salary. As explained by The Athleticthe negotiations have in any case been interrupted for the moment, so that everyone can concentrate on raising the bar sportingly by the end of the season.
An extension or a departure this summer
If no one really knows the will of the attacking midfielder of the Three Lions, he does not leave insensitive. If Manchester United was once interested in Mason Mount, today it is Liverpool’s turn to eye the No. 19 of the Blues. ” It’s always complicated. Better I leave that to Mason and the club. It was fantastic to work with him, an important player. I hope it will be resolved quickly “said Graham Potter on this subject, aware of the difficulty of the situation.
Fans will not have to wait long, whatever happens. Our colleagues from The Athletic ensure that internally, his case is at least clear on one point. Either he extends, or he leaves this summer, a year from the end of his contract, so as not to see him go free as air in the summer of 2024. By then, Mason Mount may have found colors and managed to turn public opinion in his favour.