Little more than three days after arriving at Chelsea, Maurizio Sarri sanctioned a loan move for young English midfielder Mason Mount to join Derby County.
19-year-old Mount has already represented England through the youth levels, and was named on the bench for the senior games with Croatia and Spain in October.
Having shown flashes of brilliance with Chelsea’s youth teams and on loan with Vitesse Arnhem – where he scored 13 and assisted ten in 40 matches – he linked up with Chelsea legend Frank Lampard with the view of picking up some domestic first-team experience.
Little did he know he would end up playing against Chelsea in the EFL Cup, where he shone for the Rams in spite of their eventual exit from the competition.
In Mount’s absence, loan signing Matteo Kovacic has been making regular appearances for Sarri’s Chelsea, although he is yet to make much of a contribution in terms of goals and assists.
Despite securing the signing of Kovacic on a season-long loan from Spanish giants Real Madrid, the Blues failed to agree a deal for an option to buy clause meaning that, come May, he will be back off to the Spanish capital.
With Mount making great progress with Derby in the Championship, the Blues might be better off looking to promote a young English talent to the first-team to replace Kovacic once his loan deal expires.