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Chelsea legend Dennis Wise has hailed Mason Mount as a real talent and horrible player to play against.
“I tried to play with a smile. Well, sometimes a smile and sometimes a growl,” the former Chelsea and England midfielder told The Sun.
“People would say they wouldn’t like to play against me, Patrick Vieira, Roy Keane, Vinny Jones. They say we’re horrible.
“But players like Mason hurt you in a different way. People say they would love to play against Gianfranco Zola because he is a lovely guy.
“Trust me you wouldn’t because he would run the backside out of you and you’d hate it.
“I hated playing against Paul Scholes. Not because he was aggressive, I just couldn’t get near him. He was frustrating to play against because was so clever.
“Likewise, Mount is horrible because he puts you on the back foot, runs this way, that way, drops short. He would have annoyed me. You look one way and “boom!” He has gone and you think “s***”.
“Everyone has known since he was 15 that Mason would make it and he has taken his opportunity. He is very aggressive with running with the ball at you. He is a real talent. But he also pops up at the right time.
“Sometimes you don’t have a great game but you’re the one who pops up to create something. That tells you something about that person. He keeps going and has a real passion and desire.
“There’s an inner strength from him to play like that and still enjoy it. He thrives on it.”