Mason Mount is already a leader and will become Chelsea captain, according to former Blues midfielder Joe Cole.
Mount won and scored a penalty in an outstanding individual performance as the Blues drew 1-1 with Southampton at St Mary’s on Saturday.
And Cole said fellow England international Mount, who has already established himself under new boss Thomas Tuchel, will be a vital part of the Chelsea side for years to come.
“He’s a great player,” said Cole, who was working as a pundit for BT Sport.
“He’s a leader in the dressing room and I think he will go on to be a Chelsea captain.
“He has great feet and he drove Chelsea on and there is a reason Tuchel has taken to him straightaway and that is because of his personality and because of his quality.
“He has a massive future, but forget the future, he is the present.”
The Blues play La Liga leaders Atleico Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday and Cole is in no doubt Mount, 22, will have a big role to play.
“If Chelsea are going to win on Tuesday night against Atletico, they need a big performance from Mason Mount,” he added.
Meanwhile, Mount has allayed fears he could miss the Atletico game after picking up a knock against Southampton.