Paul Scholes was asked about Manchester United’s links to Mason Mount in recent weeks, and he reacted a lot more negatively than his old teammate Gary Neville, who was very keen to see Mount make the switch.
“Look, I like Mason Mount … does he do enough? I thought when he first came onto the scene, ‘have got a new Frank Lampard?’. I know we talked before about not comparing players to these types,” Scholes said in quotes picked up by the Mirror.
“But I expected him to score goals, a lot more goals, in big games, to win you games, he hasn’t really kicked on from there. I think a change of club might not be a bad thing for him.”
We sympathise with that viewpoint and why someone who hasn’t watched every game Mount has played for years would think that. There’s no denying his performances were poor this season.
But the idea he hasn’t kicked on is harsh – if anything he’s suffering for how precociously he started his career, rising from the Dutch league to the Championship to Premier League regular in successive seasons.
He’s stagnated in the last 2 years because he’s played in teams which have struggled, but it’s more to do with his explosive rise regressing to the mean a little.
Put him into a team that’s doing well with a good coach and he would look brilliant. We can only imagine what kind of numbers he would be putting up in the Bundesliga or Ligue 1.Man U clearly agree – they’re considering paying an unprecedented £50m+ for a player with just one year left on his loan deal.