Chelsea have been vulnerable to criticism since the moment Frank Lampard walked in the door. The Blues fans who loved Maurizio Sarri, plus the fans of other teams who are willing us to do badly, were poised to wade in all summer.
Those looking to tear down this new team got the perfect start when we were battered by Man United 4-0 in the opening game of the season, and the criticism was given room to grow further when we drew with Liverpool and then Leicester in the following week.
At that point, despite his goal against the Foxes, the knives were out for the supposedly “average” Mason Mount. Just take a look at this shower of Tweets – mostly from Chelsea fans, incredibly.
Mason Mount I'd quite average. Lamps going British
— Don Raúl Sanllehi (@Lie_cann) August 24, 2019
Mason Mount has incredible spatial/positional awareness for someone his age, always opens up space with his movements. World class technique as well and a very good asset to have.
Average dribbler and poor locomotion but got lots of potential if he is used correctly.
— YA (@FutboIanaIysis) August 24, 2019
Alex Goldberg Exposed SZN please. Mason Mount is average, CHO & Reece James are crocks 🙏🏼
— Goku (@Aelfetti) August 18, 2019
Got to stop all this banging on about mason mount, he’s had flash moments but then gone missing! Yes he will be a good player but all this no stop talk is ridiculous he was average
— CFC_Panthers (@PanthersCfc) August 18, 2019
Mason Mount is so average 😂😂
Should be playing for derby permanently imo
— Neelabjo Roy (@neelabjo_mufc) August 18, 2019
We’ve never had a youngster as overhyped and overrated as mason mount in a long time. His all round game is bang average at best and is literally a long shot merchant who’ll never be good enough to play for top club
— 🎭 (@CarefreeOllie) June 22, 2019
Mason Mount is an average player at best.
— Lewis (@CFCLew_) June 3, 2019
After all that, the midfielder stepped up and scored again against Norwich this weekend, with an even more impressive goal. These oddballs who are so keen to see Mount fail just to prove their own assessments of his ability be proved correct are really in trouble now.
The young midfielder has stepped up at every stage in his career so far, and all these Twitter eggs calling him “average” are now going to have to decide whether to actually support the players on the team they are supposed to support, or whether to just crawl back under their favourite rock and hope that Mason’s form tails off.