Chelsea star Mason Mount will battle Arsenal’s Matteo Guendouzi for the Golden Boy award
Chelsea star Mason Mount is more deserving of the Golden Boy award than Arsenal’s Matteo Guendouzi, according to pundit John Harrison.
Mount has enjoyed a fine season under Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge, scoring four goals from eight Premier League matches this season.
That has seen him included in the shortlist for UEFA’s Golden Boy award, which goes to the most-promising young player in Europe.
Mount and Guendouzi have both made the cut, along with the likes of Matthijs de Ligt, Jadon Sancho, Phil Foden and Moise Keane.
Yet Hartson thinks Mount is more deserving of the award than Guendouzi.
He told Footballfancast: “I think Mason Mount has done more.
“I like Guendouzi, I think he’s looked a lot more focused this season and he’s rose to the occasion.
“I don’t want to be too critical, and good luck to him, but if you look at the way Mount has played over the last few games, the way he has started at Chelsea and how Frank Lampard is pushing him on and is nurturing him, he’s done more.”
Mount opened his Chelsea account against Leicester early in the season and hasn’t looked back since.
With three more goals coming since then he’s done enough to be compared to Lampard himself by former Chelsea star Gus Poyet.
Poyet said: “He has the technique to finish, we all know that.
“We didn’t know if he could do it week in, week out [like Lampard] in the Premier League.
“The defenders are better, they read the game better and taking chances is more important. I like his understanding of how and when to get into position.
“Can you coach that? No. It’s all about timing your moment.
“The ball goes one way and you have to guess where it will be. He always gets into those positions and it’s not easy. People need to understand that it isn’t luck.
“I like a lot of the youngsters. It’s easy to look at Tammy Abraham because he’s scored so many goals, but I look at Mount because of the position he plays – a midfielder who arrives late and scores goals. He’s similar to Frank and me.
“Mount has the personality, despite being young, to be a very important player in midfield.
“He accepts responsibility, he listens to what’s needed and he’s a leader in the first press. He recovered a few balls, he’s scored a few and he won a penalty from pressing, too.
“He has the mentality that Frank wants, he goes and produces.
“People sometimes only look at goals but not at the first line of the press or the aggression or the understanding. I like the way he finds positions around the box as well.”