Former Liverpool captain Jamie Carragher has backed Mason Mount to emulate John Terry and become the ‘symbol of Chelsea’ for the next decade. Mount has established himself as a key player for Chelsea and England this season, scoring 11 goals and making six assists in 56 appearances in all competitions. The 22-year-old has helped Chelsea climb to fourth in the Premier League after a wobble earlier in the season under former manager Frank Lampard and reach the Champions League semi-finals. There were fears Mount would suffer under Lampard’s replacement, Thomas Tuchel, but the England international has remained a key member of the squad at Stamford Bridge. Former Liverpool and England defender Carragher briefly worked with Mount while coaching England U17s and says he was ‘certain’ then he could play at the ‘highest level’. ‘Everything Mount has done in the last two years confirms that first impression,’ Carragher told Telegraph Sport. ‘This kid can be the symbol of Chelsea for the next 10 years in the same way as John Terry in his prime.’ Carragher added: ‘Seeing Mount and [Manchester City star Phil] Foden emerge at the same time reminds me of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard’s breakthrough.
‘Arguments still continue as to whether both should have been in the same England team, especially with Paul Scholes and David Beckham making a multi-talented midfield. ‘England will not make the same mistake with Mount and Foden, which underlines how our attitudes and culture are evolving for the better. ‘Southgate has already proven himself more flexible switching between three and four at the back, inclined to make the system suit the talent, not insist the talent is compromised to suit a predetermined system. ‘If the European championships were starting this weekend, on the basis of form Mount and Foden would deservedly be in the starting line-up with Harry Kane.’
Carragher believes Chelsea’s Mount will rival Manchester City star Foden for the Young Player of the Year award and could even come up against each other in the Champions League final. Chelsea drew 1-1 with Real Madrid in the first leg of their semi-final clash, while City beat Paris Saint-Germain 2-1. Before the second legs take place next week, Chelsea and Manchester City face Premier League matches against Fulham and Crystal Palace respectively.