Shaun Wright-Phillips backs Chelsea star Mason Mount to win the Ballon d’Or someday
Chelsea star Mason Mount has been backed to win the Ballon d’Or someday by former Blues midfielder Shaun Wright-Phillips.
Speaking to Genting Casino (h/t Football London), the 40-year-old has tipped Mount to win what many regard as the greatest individual honour in football.
“If Chelsea were to win trophies and Mason Mount is the stand-out player, there is no reason why he couldn’t win the Ballon D’Or one day. Mount is still a young player and is still learning to be consistent.
“He’s played so well and is carrying Chelsea on his shoulders and helped them get into the Champions League. People need to remember how young he is and that he’s still got a lot to learn.”
Mount has been instrumental for Chelsea since breaking into the senior team under then-boss Frank Lampard, who he has often cited as an idol and inspiration growing up. The pair also worked together during the 18/19 season when Mount was sent on loan to Derby County, where Lampard was in charge at the time.
Since establishing himself as a Chelsea regular, a Premier League star and an England international, Mount has risen from strength to strength. For Chelsea, he has now notched 160 appearances and contributed 30 goals and 31 assists. His time in the senior team has coincided with a largely successful spell in Chelsea’s history, in which the club has gone on to achieve Champions League and Club World Cup success.
However, the Blues have lost three-successive FA Cup finals and a League Cup final earlier this year to Liverpool. During his stint at Derby, Mount was on the losing end in the Championship play-off final in 2019, as Aston Villa ran out 2-1 winners to claim Premier League promotion. So as of now, Mount’s Wembley record reads – Played 5, Lost 5.
Can Chelsea’s starboy establish himself as one of football’s greatest?
Mount, although supremely talented and extremely important to Chelsea, has a long way to go. His potential is limitless and the sky seems to be no limit as his potential runs straight through the stratosphere.
As Wright-Phillips so rightly pointed out, Chelsea need to be right up there alongside Manchester City and Liverpool to challenge for the Premier League consistently. A cup victory at Wembley is long overdue too because Mount will be desperate to lift a trophy at England’s premier footballing arena, something which has eluded him so far.
If that changes, which is very likely to, there is no reason why Mount cannot be considered for the title of the best footballer in the world.
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He has to play a pivotal role, which he already does, and lead Chelsea to league titles and domestic cups consistently, which is not at all unlikely. With new owner Todd Boehly’s big promises and plans for the club, it does seem like a matter of when and not if.
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