Chelsea: Graeme Souness gushes about Mason Mount after Leeds United win

Graeme Souness was impressed by Chelsea's Mason Mount

Graeme Souness was impressed by Chelsea’s Mason Mount (Images: Sky Sports/Getty)

Graeme Souness awarded “Top Class”. Mason Mount for the praise after Chelsea’s emphatic win over Premier League contenders Leeds United.

England international Mount scored and prepared as Chelsea beat Leeds 3-0 at Elland Road on Wednesday night.

The win has all but secured Chelsea a place in the top four with two games remaining, while Leeds continue to struggle in the relegation zone.

“What kind of boy is that. I think he’s top notch,” Sky Sports pundit Souness said of Mount after Chelsea’s comfortable win.

“I remember Chelsea fans doubting him a few years ago, there’s nothing to doubt about him. He’s energetic, he’s a workaholic, he’s got great skills, he’s got an eye for passing.

“He’s just a top player at such a young age. Mason Mount and Reece James, two young lads, were the two best players on the pitch tonight.’

Chelsea were able to dampen Leeds spirits from the start tonight when Mount whipped a try past Illan Meslier after just four minutes.

Mount celebrates with Christian Pulisic during Chelsea’s win (Image: Getty)

The hosts were reduced to ten men midway through the first half after Daniel James was shown a red card for a dangerous high tackle on Mateo Kovacic.

Chelsea used their numerical advantage after the break, and goals from Christian Pulisic and Romelu Lukaku ended the game.

“We needed a performance like that,” said Blues boss Thomas Tuchel. “We deserved to win.

“That’s the best message. We were excellent from the start and kept our focus and high intensity.

‘We cleared the air after the late equalizer against Wolves. We knew what to expect. We had a lot of reason to trust ourselves. The players delivered. Full credit to her.

‘We arrive [to the FA Cup final] with a clear mindset because we did what we had to do this week. Good news.’

While Chelsea got back on track to bolster their top-four hopes, a home defeat means Leeds’ hopes of staying are out of control.

Jesse Marsch’s side sit 17th on goal difference behind Burnley and two points behind Everton, having played a game more than their two relegation rivals.

“I’m devastated,” Marsch said. “We give up an early goal and go down again with a man – deja vu from the Arsenal game – against a really big opponent.

“We don’t get a chance to stay in the game and see if we can test ourselves and get more out of it. Our focus is fully on recovery and preparation for Sunday.”

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