Mount was the match winner on Thursday night as his well crafted goal was enough to beat Liverpool and help Thomas Tuchel’s side climb into the top-four.
It was another high-energy and quality performance from the 22-year-old, who has won over new boss Tuchel having previously earned the trust of former manager Frank Lampard.
Cole, the former Chelsea and Arsenal left-back, now believes the England international is the ‘first name on the team sheet’ and thinks he is a contender to be the club captain next season.
‘I’ve seen the dedication, the hard work, the graft he puts in. Not just in the training session but after.
‘For me, he’s the best player for Chelsea and the first name on the team sheet.
He added: ‘What he produced today was brilliant. He’s one of the most focal players in this team. He presses with intensity.
‘What a player he is. He’s got that attitude. Definitely next season he’ll be pushing for captaincy.’