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One For The Future – Mason Bennett

Monday 14th January 2013
Mason Bennett, Derby's 16 year old forward, is this week's one to look out for in the future.

The Facts:

Name: Mason Bennett

Age: 16

Nationality: English

Club: Derby County

Position: Forward

The Lowdown:

Mason Bennett became Derby's youngest ever player when he made his first full start against Middlesbrough in the Npower Championship when he was just 15.

Derby manager Nigel Clough described Bennett's performance as “a very mature debut.”

He has since gone on to make 13 appearances for The Rams scoring his first goal against Tranmere in the FA Cup this season, earning him another record as the youngest ever goal scorer for Derby County.

The young Englishman plays predominantly as a striker and is known for being a good finisher but he can also play on either wing with his pace being a specific attribute that allows him to be effective out wide.

Bennett can also play as an attacking midfielder with his ability also allowing him to play in a more technical role.

The right footed forward is small in stature standing at just 5ft 10” but is fleet of foot making him a player that will run the channels and in behind rather than play as a target man.

Bennett's playing style has been compared to that of both Theo Walcott and Gabriel Agbonlahor.

He has won the Academy Player of the Year at Derby County twice and his reputation has led him to be linked with many of the Premier League's top sides.

Liverpool and Manchester United have been the sides mentioned most when talking about a possible future move for Bennett.

Bennett has featured for England up to under 17's level and if he continues to progress at the rate he is it will be no surprise to see him feature in the Premier League and for the full national side in the future.


Alex Anderson
Alex started supporting Arsenal at a young age and witnessed many successful years as a boy, even having the pleasure of supporting 'The Invincibles.' On the other side of this, he has also witnessed the long, painful wait for a trophy and the hurt of seeing his idols leaving the club on a regular basis. His favourite people within football are: Wenger, Vieira, Bergkamp, Fabregas and of course Henry whose signed shirt he has hung up on his wall. Robin van Persie would have been on that list also but we all know the reason for his omission. Alex is currently in his second year at the Univeristy of Central Lancashire where he is studying Sports Journalism and he hopes to get a job within the industry on finishing his degree.

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