Chelsea’s general approach to their academy system is one of the most talked about subjects at the club, and one of their most promising talents for the future attracted plenty of interest on Tuesday evening when Manchester United went head-to-head with Derby County.
Indeed, Chelsea have plenty of young talents playing their trade on loan this season but none are quite as bright as Mason Mount.
Frank Lampard took the reigns at Pride Park in the summer and he moved straight into the transfer market to secure the services of a player whom has been dubbed as a player who possesses the skill set to become a Lampard-esque type figure in Chelsea’s midfield.
On the evidence of his short career so far it’s easy to see why those comparisons have been drawn, and the 19-year-old continued to enhance his rapidly growing reputation by playing a starring role in Derby’s Carabao Cup victory on Tuesday.
Indeed, in the aftermath of proceedings talkSPORT journalist Liam Canning praised both Mount and Harry Wilson on Twitter by tipping them for ‘great things’ and claiming they ‘ran the match’ for the Rams.
A loan spell with Vitesse Arnhem in the 2017/18 season proved incredibly successful for Mount as he bagged the Player of the Year award after scoring 13 goals and providing 10 assists in all-competitions, and since then he has gone from strength to strength.
Performing in the Dutch Eredivisie is one thing but transferring that form into an immensely competitive Championship division is another.
Despite having no prior experience at senior level in English football, Mount has picked up from where he left off in Holland by scoring 5 goals from his first 12 appearances for Derby this season, earning his first England cap at U21 level in the process and catching the eye of Gareth Southgate all the while.
Meanwhile, at Chelsea, Ruben Loftus-Cheek continues to struggle to break into the first-team amid intense competition for first-team places, and it’s beginning to look like a permanent switch might be in his best interests when the January window reopens for business.
Loftus-Cheek has demonstrated huge potential in sporadic bursts at both club and international level, but Mount is producing the goods on a far more consistent basis despite being 3 years younger than his compatriot.
On the evidence of how their careers have panned out thus far it’s fair to say that Mount looks more likely than Loftus-Cheek to shine under Maurizio Sarri in the future, and if he continues to impress at Derby this season there’s no doubt he will be pushing for a starting berth this time next year.
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