Former Blue star Joe Cole hits out at Mason Mount’s doubters after the midfielder scored a hat-trick in the side’s thumping 7-0 victory over ten-man Norwich.
Chelsea faced Norwich in Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off and the gulf in quality was enormous, with Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi , Reece James and Ben Chilwell all getting on the shoresheet at Stamford Bridge.
It was a disastrous afternoon for the visiting Canaries, with Max Aarons scoring an own goal and Ben Gibson sent off for a second bookable offence in the space of three second-half minutes.
The result saw Chelsea go four points clear of second-placed Liverpool at the top of the Premier League, while Norwich remain rooted to the foot of the table with just two points to their name.
Mason Mount started his first league game since returning from injury – broke the deadlock with a superb finish in the eighth minute and slotted the ball home from close range to complete his hat-trick at the death.
Analysing Mount’s display shortly after the final whistle, BT Sport pundit Cole suggested those still doubting the England international needed educating. Asked whether Mount perhaps doesn’t get the credit he deserves, Cole responded:
"No, he doesn’t. He does from people within the game. I’ve not met one ex-player, one ex-coach who doesn’t appreciate him. He’s a top, outstanding player and he’s becoming one of the most important players in the country.
"But there is an unusual swell of fans who don’t quite get it. You want to sit them down in front of the touch screen and educate them and show them that what this kid does is just unbelievable. ‘It must be a tribal thing because he is just an outstanding player and I’m yet to meet an ex-coach or player who has had a bad word to say about him."