Injuries have disrupted Mason Mount’s season at Derby County but, as a whole, it has been a successful campaign for the 20-year-old in terms of his development.
Having already spent a year out on loan in the Eredivisie with Vitesse Arnhem, some felt a move to Pride Park was a step backwards for the Chelsea player.
However, that has been far from the case with Mount getting to work under a retired midfield genius in Frank Lampard, and the chance to play in a more physical division like the Championship ahead of making that step up to the Premier League.
And one team who could now be looking to give the England U21 international his first Premier League minutes are Bournemouth.
The Sun reports the Cherries are leading the race to bring Mount in on loan from Stamford Bridge in a move that would benefit every party.
From Bournemouth’s perspective, in Mount, they would be getting a very technically gifted midfielder who could make them an even more dangerous threat going forward.
Mount’s vision and passing execution are exceptional, especially for his age, while his long-shot ability and set pieces would also give Eddie Howe another weapon.
As for Mount, the chance to work under a coach like Howe, who is currently getting the best out of talented player fresh from the Championship in David Brooks, is too good of an opportunity to turn down.
Finally, for Chelsea, they could be getting an incredibly talented midfielder now ready for their first team going into the 2020/21 season.
Lampard earlier said Mount can be “top, top level” (Sky Sports). Bournemouth could just be the perfect team to help him get there.
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