Gary Lineker makes bold Mason Mount claim after starring role in Chelsea win
Gary Lineker declared Mason Mount is Chelsea"s "best player" after the midfielder struck the winner against Fulham.
Mount's well-taken volley from Fulham 'keeper Alphonse Areola's push-out broke the deadlock in the 78th minute.
It marked the 22-year-old's second goal in the Premier League this season, while he has also laid on four assists for his Chelsea teammates.
Used in a variety of midfield positions by Frank Lampard, Mount is one of the Blues' most-consistent performers and has taken on an important role in the squad.
His west London derby heroics have earned him many plaudits – and Lineker is the latest onlooker to heap praise on the England international.
The Match of the Day presenter wrote on Twitter : "Huge goal for Chelsea and Frank Lampard scored by Mason Mount.
"For all their signings and money spent, for me, he’s their best player. Great technically, fantastic energy and work rate, really consistent, can play in multiple positions and scores goals."
Chelsea's win at Craven Cottage comes after a poor run of four defeats in six Premier League games.
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Mount said the Blues needed to "dig deep" to turn their form around with victory at Fulham, telling Sky Sports : "It was a massive game for us.
"We know the run we've been through recently has been tough. We've had to really look at ourselves.
"Obviously it was good to get the [4-0 FA Cup] win against Morecambe. That was a step to getting wins under our belt again.
"Obviously today was a tough, tough game and we had to wait till late in the second half to score the goal. So it's been tough, we've had to really dig deep as a team.
"We've been together throughout it all, shown really good character tonight, and obviously got the win – that's the most important thing."
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