Mount Is A Versatile Player –Murphy
Recall that the England international netted twice as the Blues beat Steven Gerrard’s side at Villa Park.
However, Murphy noted that the Chelsea playmaker could ‘play anywhere on the pitch.
“Especially in the first half when Villa was massively on top he stood up and he showed leadership qualities,’ Murphy said on Match of the Day.
“He got on the ball and he showed moments of quality which were rare for Chelsea. He’s a terrific talent, he can play anywhere.
“He plays all the games, his versatility helps him. Today he played no.10. Early in the game he showed great awareness and yes it’s a mistake by Mings but you’ve still got to have the awareness to anticipate the mistake, which he did.
“The thing when he plays central is he knows how to find space. Whether it’s drifting deeper or sometimes he’ll drift wide to where the space is. He’s just a really intelligent footballer.
“His first goals of the season would you believe? it’s no coincidence that every manager that comes in keeps playing him every game.”
Mount has been best friends with fellow England international Declan Rice since childhood. Mount supports Portsmouth, citing former Portsmouth players such as Peter Crouch, Jermain Defoe and Nwankwo Kanu as his footballing heroes whilst growing up. He attended Purbrook Park School in Waterlooville. In 2021, Mount became a patron of the charity Together for Short Lives.
Mount was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire. His father, Tony, was a former non-league footballer who later coached local clubs, including Havant Town. As a child, Mount played locally for Boarhunt Rovers and United Services Portsmouth. In 2003, at age 4, he spent one day a week training in the academies at Portsmouth and Chelsea. Citing Frank Lampard, Luka Modrić and Andrés Iniesta as his favourite players, Mount eventually joined Chelsea in 2005.