Joe Cole praises ‘incredible’ Mason Mount and demands ‘education’ for rival fans who ‘don’t get’ Chelsea star


Joe Cole called on rival fans who still dislike Mason Mount to be “educated” on the Chelsea star’s talents following his hat-trick past Norwich.

The 22-year-old England midfielder scored his first goals of the campaign in the Blues’ 7-0 defeat on Saturday afternoon, keeping the club at the top of the Premier League.

Speaking after the game, former Chelsea star Cole said he was baffled by the lack of praise Mount is receiving from fans outside Stamford Bridge.

” He … not [get the credit] he deserves – he does it from the people in the game, “Cole said on BT Sport. “I’ve never met a former player or a coach who doesn’t like him.

“He is an exceptional, excellent player, he is becoming one of the most important players in the country.

“But there’s an unusual level of fans – I don’t know if they’re rival fans or whatever – who just don’t quite get it.

“You want to sit them down in front of a touchscreen, educate them and show them that what this kid is doing is just amazing.”

With Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner injured, Mount stepped into the Chelsea attack and immediately impressed boss Thomas Tuchel, who underscored the academy graduate’s attitude.

“We play in most games with three forwards and Mason is one of them,” Tuchel told reporters. “You can tell he is maybe between a No8 and a N10, so not a real striker, so that way we really depend on him. He plays a key role.

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“The full-backs play with more freedom to really help our attackers down the back row and they feel more and more confident. It’s a complex game. There is very rarely a reason why things turn out like this – but we depend on Mason and we want it.

“We love his style, where he’s from, his personality and he’s a great guy. So we are very happy for him.

Gareth Southgate watched from the stands and the England manager has long been one of Mount’s fans. The player went on to talk about his pride after pulling off his first hat trick at Bridge.

He said: “I just told myself he was watching. It’s great for me and obviously getting my first goals of the season and an assist, it was a good day.

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