Just how far can Mason Mount go?
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When I discovered that Chelsea Football Club were set to change their mantra (albeit forced due to a transfer ban) and believe in youth, the scepticism started to set in. I'm a big believer in trends. Whether you like it or not, spending big coupled with a high turnover in managers has worked wonders for Roman Abramovich at Stamford Bridge.
In the early goings, my hypothesis was becoming a reality as Chelsea got hammered 4-0 at Old Trafford. Since then, though, there has been a marked shift in performances and confidence; particularly in the final third. Although only one game has been won, the goals have been consistent. Tammy Abraham is stealing the headlines, though I'd like to talk about his compatriot, Mason Mount...
After a sublime 2018/19 campaign at Derby County, the burning question was 'Can Mount step up and do it in the Premier League?' Well, the initial prognosis is an overwhelming yes. The 20-year-old has taken to English football's top-flight like a duck to water, rising to the challenge wonderfully well. Agile, two-footed, an eye for both a pass and a goal, Mount epitomises what Lampard is trying to achieve. That's probably why the attacker had such a successful season under the Chelsea legend at Derby - and it's wonderful to see that marriage blossoming in the big leagues.
If for some reason, you haven't seen Chelsea play this term, all you need to know is that Mount has already earned an England call-up, like Tyrone Mings, after just four Premier League outings this season. In a jam-packed Three Lions attacking line, Mount has forced his way in after just 360 minutes. That's impressive.
Without wanting to heap pressure on Mount, this young man plays with a maturity beyond his years. He's a real loan move success story and Chelsea is (finally) getting some use from sending a player to Vitesse in the Dutch Eredivisie. That's the Lampard effect in full flow.
It's early days but the sky is the limit. Mount is already looking more accomplished and polished than fellow 20-year-old Christian Pulisic, while making a bigger impact than Ross Barkley. Dare I say his place in the Chelsea starting line-up is already secure? It's certainly his to lose...
Now I may have stolen this from Twitter, but if Mason Mount was instead named Maxamilliano Mountinho from Brazil. Avid Premier League watchers would be foaming at the mouth at his on-ball brilliance. Basically, he's just a super-fun player to watch who's stock is on a gradual incline. As he plays with increasing regularity and learns the small tricks of the trade that help you become a well-rounded player, we could be looking at a future star for both Chelsea and England. He has the right attitude, mentality and belief in his own ability to etch his name amongst the best in the country.
Mount is the torchbearer shepherding in a tonal shift at Stamford Bridge and you genuinely love to see it. Expect Callum Hudson-Odoi, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Fiyako Tomori to follow his lead, though it's down to Chelsea to keep the faith in Lampard, too. The road ahead is rocky but there is light at the end of the tunnel. Patience is key, though Mount is leading the charge in exemplary fashion...