In the wake of England’s run to the semi-finals of the World Cup this summer, it was immediately hypothesised who might help England go a step further in four years time. Which young players have what it takes to get England to the next level. One name that came up was Chelsea’s Mason Mount.
Derby County fans were therefore over the moon when it was announced last week that they had secured his services on loan.
New manager Frank Lampard’s contacts at his former club Chelsea, where he is considered a legend, helped him secure the services of the talented 19-year-old.
Mount could not be working with a better manager. Because, and excuse the hyperbole, Mount has all the skill-sets to become the next Frank Lampard.
The teenager, like Lampard, is an attacking midfielder. Just like the Chelsea legend he has an uncanny ability to find himself in goalscoring positions. In his senior career to date, he has played 39 times. His record of 13 goals at the age of just 19 highlights that ability with his stunning form at the end of his Vitesse Arnhem loan spell helping them to Europa League qualification.
“I watched him closely at Vitesse, where he took it by storm.
“His numbers are incredible for an attacking midfield player of his age and it’s a massive coup for me to get him here.
“He can bring us creativity in the attacking midfield area, goals, assists as well as energy.”
Lampard, who scored a record 211 goals in his Chelsea career, was not at such a level when he turned 19.
Mount has all the ability to be a future Chelsea star and, for Derby, a current one.
He was excellent in the recent 3-0 pre-season win over Southampton and, again like Lampard, his range of passing is underrated.
An intelligent, goal-getting, attacking midfielder. Derby might just have the next Lampard at their disposal this season.