Paul Merson believes that Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount takes the mantle as the Premier League’s most improved player this season.
Mount has become a central figure for the Blues ever since his introduction to the team last season. He initially got his chance under ex-Blues boss Frank Lampard, who worked with the Derby loanee in 2018/19. However, he adapted seamlessly to the top flight, featuring in all but one Premier League game last term.
What’s more, he has grown in stature again this season and has again only missed one league game.
He has also made vital contributions, including scoring the winning goal against Liverpool at Anfield.
Several players have their own case to be the league’s most improved player this season. Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw, for example, has admitted that he is enjoying his best campaign since signing for the Red Devils.
According to Merson, though, Mount remains the standout candidate.
“Mason Mount is the most improved player in the Premier League – and he reminds me of Frank Lampard,” Merson wrote in his column for the Daily Star.
“He is getting better and better and has the same attitude Frank did, one hundred per cent. He’s always working hard, always trying to get better.
“Frank got accused of being the teacher’s pet as well at West Ham when Harry Redknapp was manager, and the same happened to Mason at Chelsea.
“But Lampard has been proved right about Mason Mount. It was Lampard who gave him his big chance when he was manager. And he’s taken it with both hands.”
Merson added that Mount deserves the award for standing up to the challenge posed by Chelsea’s big spending last summer.
Mount performing better than Chelsea signings
“Look how much money Chelsea spent on Kai Havertz and Timo Werner and they are nowhere near as important as Mount,” the pundit added.
“He’s the go-to man now, and that’s phenomenal at his age. He carries the team.”
With Chelsea’s summer signings not performing as well as hoped, however, the Blues are reportedly preparing for another big summer of spending.