Leeds United have enjoyed a brilliant opening to the new campaign under Marcelo Bielsa, but things could have been even better for the Whites if they’d signed Chelsea’s Mason Mount on a season long loan deal.
Indeed, Leeds were reportedly interested in signing Mount following his eye-catching season with Vitesse Arnhem in the Dutch Eredivisie where he collected the player of the season award after notching 13 goals and providing 10 assists from 40 appearances in all-competitions.
Frank Lampard’s appointment at Pride Park ultimately proved to be a pivotal factor in Mount’s decision as the opportunity to learn from a man who mastered the role he plays in proved too good to turn down.
And that decision is one which impacted on Leeds United’s promotion ambitions as his arrival would have given them an option of genuine quality to exploit in a number ten role.
Mount has picked up where he left off from last season by bagging 4 goals and providing 1 assist from his first 8 appearances for Derby County, and he continued to show his class with a man-of-the match performance for England’s U21 side on Tuesday afternoon.
With England trailing Latvia 1-0 in the first-half, Mount provided an assist for Tammy Abraham to equalise before he put the Three Lions ahead in the 73rd minute on his debut for the U21s.
The quality of Mount’s performances since returning to England suggest that his season in Holland was no fluke; Mount is here to stay and he is only bound to improve as the Championship season develops.
Leeds United’s opening to the season has showcased their potential to earn promotion via an automatic spot this season but, had circumstances been different during the summer and they’d managed to secure a game-changing talent in Mount, there is no doubt they would be nailed on to reach the top-flight.
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