Chelsea statistically perform better as a team when academy product Mason Mount is involved in the action.
According to data collected since the start of the 2020/21 season, Chelsea have won 62% of their games in all competitions when Mount is playing compared to 52% when he is not, a 10% difference in the win rate.
Craig, a Chelsea season ticket holder, feels that the team look a more fluid side when Mount is playing and that he possesses the minerals to become a future captain of the club.
He said: “Mount would always be in my starting 11 if he is fit.
“We seem to click better as a team when he is playing and his work-rate off the ball is fantastic. The energy and commitment he shows whenever he plays is what fans love.
“Coming up through the academy, he knows the club inside out and I think he has plenty of leadership qualities to captain the team in future.”
Additionally, Chelsea’s points per game (PPG) and goals per game are better when Mount is selected.
Chelsea average 2.05 PPG and 1.82 goals per game with the midfielder playing.
In comparison with when Mount is not selected, Chelsea average 1.92 PPG and 1.68 goals per game which shows Chelsea to be more of a threat with Mount in the side and pick up more points.
Individually, Mount has racked up 20 goals and 16 assists in 94 Premier League appearances under two different coaches, Frank Lampard and Thomas Tuchel.
However, the data suggests he has contributed more to the attack under the German.
During his stint playing under Lampard, Mount averaged 279.9 minutes per goal or assist and during his 80 games played, he scored 11 times including 10 assists.
At this stage in the season so far, Mount is averaging 174.4 minutes per goal or assist under Tuchel and is already sitting on seven goals and eight assists for the season.
Craig said: “Over the last year, he has arguably been our most consistent player.
“With Mason you always know what you are going to get.
“He is nowhere near his prime yet and if he keeps on putting in consistent performances like he has done this past year it’s going to be exciting to see what he can do in four or five years time when he will be hitting his peak.”
The stats suggest that if Tuchel can nurture Mount and keep the midfielder fit, Chelsea have a better opportunity of winning games and ultimately, lifting trophies.