Mason Mount eyeing future Chelsea captaincy
By Tom Gott
Mason Mount has confessed he is keen to get more experience as Chelsea captain with a view to taking the armband permanently.
Mount has skippered Chelsea a handful of times in the past and has also been given the chance to wear the armband during pre-season, leading his side out for the second 45 minutes in the recent pre-season defeat to Charlotte.
Cesar Azpilicueta is the current Chelsea captain but has been heavily linked with a move to Barcelona, while vice-captain Jorginho has also found himself in the rumour mill as he enters the final 12 months of his contract.
Should manager Thomas Tuchel find himself hunting for a new captain this summer, Mount wants to be towards the top of the list of candidates.
“Yes, I am still young and I am still learning but whenever the opportunity comes to step up I want to take it,” Mount said.
“Obviously, the gaffer trusted me with captaining the side in the second half and I take that responsibility. Whether we win, whether we lose I always want to be the won to be able to take it.
“To take it on the chin if we win and obviously if we lose as well. “
Mount went on to admit that he does not see himself as a vocal leader but instead prides himself on leading by example on the pitch.
“I’m naturally not the most vocal,” he added. “I’ve never really been that. When I was captain of the Under-18 FA Youth Cup side I was always someone who tried to lead by example on the pitch.
“But you have to bring that as well and that’s something I am constantly trying to learn from the likes of Azpi and Jorgi who have been captains of this club. Just trying to learn from them and trying to add that to my game.
“Even if you are not someone who leads with the ball and leads on the pitch you have to have that other side as well.”