Chelsea fans were holding their breaths on Tuesday evening when midfielder Mason Mount limped off the field in their Champions League match against Valencia.
The hysteria has continued afterwards with supporters desperate to hear news on a player who was only recently described as ‘an over-rated youth player’ by some Blues fans.
The cliche expression ‘you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone’ is absolutely appropriate here. This cannot be truer for a player who has scored 3 goals in 5 Premier League appearances so far this season.
Some Chelsea fans have backed Mount and known his potential for a long time, but there have been many forced to eat their own words, especially after taking in the realisation that they might now be without the England international for the next couple of matches.
Mount was very lucky, it’s been confirmed that he escaped ligament damage, but might still be out for the next two matches.
Would urge a little caution on Mount. No ligament damage but currently unlikely to face Liverpool and could be out for two weeks depending on how ankle reacts. #cfc
— Matt Law (@Matt_Law_DT) September 18, 2019
The injury is frustrating, but in a way, it’s been good to highlight the importance that Mount already has in this Chelsea team.
Between him and Tammy Abraham this season, this has been Chelsea’s dominant source of goals and creation. When Mount went off on Tuesday, the realisation kicked in once again that we lack other players with a real goal threat, or that posses the killer instinct in front of goal.
Chelsea should have scored against Valencia and put the game to bed, but players like Willian and Pedro just don’t have that same ability in front of goal that Mount has.
Some Chelsea fans have been far too critical on a young player who clearly has bags of quality, but most importantly, is one of our best goal-scoring threats.
Some Chelsea fans need to learn from this and learn not to follow others with an ‘unpopular opinion’ like sheep.
It’s insane how quickly the social media reactions changed from ‘he’s a Championship player at best’, to ‘we badly need Mason Mount back ASAP’. Crazy stuff.