Mason Mount eyes Chelsea captaincy in future
Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount has revealed he is considering the role of club captain in the future. He said this while discussing his ambition via 90min (h/t football.london).
The 23-year-old is currently in the United States with the rest of the squad for the pre-season tour. He participated in the two friendly matches that the Blues played. The Englishman also captained the team in the second half of the last game.
“Yes, I’m still young and still learning, but whenever the opportunity arises, I want to take it. Whether we win or lose, I always want to be the one who can take it. To take on the chin if we win and obviously if we lose too.”
His comments came amid current club captain Cesar Azpilicueta’s uncertain future at Chelsea. The Spaniard is linked with a move to Barcelona, with the club saying they have agreed personal terms with the player.
A recent Chelsea graduate, the 23-year-old has occasionally worn the captain’s armband in the past and also led his side in the second half in their previous game against Charlotte. He was also captain of the Chelsea Under-18 FA Youth Cup which the club won that year.
Jorginho, the team’s vice-captain entered his final year of contract and with captain Azpilicueta’s future uncertain, Mount put himself in contention for the captaincy. However, it is very unlikely that he will receive the armband.
Arguably, Thiago Silva, N’Golo Kante and new addition Kalidou Koulibaly are all above him in the pecking order for the captaincy. The England international will most likely have to wait a few more years before he can be considered in the leaders’ fray to lead Chelsea.
However, a young person like him showing such good leadership qualities is likely to be noticed by Thomas Tuchel. A fan favourite, Mount has established himself as a regular under Tuchel and is set to be in England’s World Cup squad in November.
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If he continues to perform and display such leadership qualities, he could become the captain of his boyhood club. The Chelsea faithful will love watching their very own graduate lead the team out of the Stamford Bridge tunnel.