Ex-Everton midfielder Tim Cahill pointed to comparisons with Frank Lampard as to why a Chelsea star is the Premier League’s most exciting.
The Aussie spent eight years at Goodison Park and became known for his superb goalscoring record from midfield, plundering almost a goal every four games while on Merseyside.
It comes as no surprise then, to see the former Toffee pick out Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount as his one to watch, with Mount also showing a penchant for scoring vital goals from midfield in his breakthrough season at Stamford Bridge.
Mount has notched 14 league goals over the last 18 months under the tutelage of Frank Lampard at Derby County and Chelsea, earning half a dozen senior England caps in the process.
Cahill sees similarities in the games of Mount and Lampard and when asked who he believes is the league’s most exciting player, couldn’t look past the Blues midfielder.
“I like the look of Mason Mount,” Cahill told Sky Sports (via the Daily Express).
“I think he’s a top goalscorer and he’s got a massive career ahead of him.
“One of the reasons why I like him a lot is because of his coach [Frank Lampard] and the way that he’s trying to mould a player similar to himself.
“He can lead him and show him the right ways.
“You can see that starting to come to fruition with his football this season. I’m a big fan.”
Mount’s first-team opportunities would likely not have arisen a decade ago when owner Roman Abramovich wielded his chequebook at will.
Ex-Blues midfielder and ESPN pundit Craig Burley see’s the Russian’s tightening of the purse strings as a positive for the club’s crop of young talent.
Burley told ESPN (via the Daily Express): “One thing I would say is that the landscape at Chelsea has slightly changed because the appetite for Abramovich, the owner, to spend the money that he was once spending a few years ago, when he would go out and say ‘Right, we were 10 points behind the league leaders at the end of the season, go out and get me six players, and I don’t care what it costs’, that landscape certainly in the last couple of years at Chelsea has changed.
“So they’re spending their money a little smarter, a little tighter and they’re not throwing it about like confetti like they once were.
“And I think from that perspective, it’s less of a concern for [Christian] Pulisic and one or two other players that might be fighting for their place, that Abramovich is just going to go out and say ‘Here’s £500m, go and get me half a team’.
“That’s the owner from 10 years ago, that’s not the owner from 2020.”