'He is similar': Chelsea tipped to have a 17-year-old youngster who's just like Mason Mount coming through

Chelsea prospect Leo Castledine has been compared to Mason Mount by a coach at Stamford Bridge.

Mark Robinson, who’s head coach of the Chelsea development squad, gets to work on a day-to-day basis with the exciting youngsters developing at Cobham.

Castledine has been picked out as a real talent within the Blues system.

Aged 17, the attacking midfielder is already playing regular games for the Under-21s side at Chelsea.

The Athletic claims that club legend John Terry is a big admirer of him in training, too.

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Leo Castledine compared to Mason Mount

Robinson has suggested that Castledine has shades of Mount to his game in terms of energy. Also, there’s a comparison to Conor Gallagher.

“In terms of energy, he is similar to Mason Mount and Conor Gallagher. I think he has more elements of Conor out of the two of them. He can be very dangerous when he arrives in the box, is really good in the air, and we have to make sure we keep working on that as well. He is definitely going to be a goal-scoring midfielder,” Robinson said.

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Mount and Gallagher both came from the youth system at Chelsea, so they’re great examples for the current youngsters to try replicate.

Both are fantastic players both on and off the ball, which is why the duo are currently out in Qatar as part of England’s World Cup squad. They’ve got the technical qualities to play at the top. However, the pair’s energy and desire out of possession is well known.

Castledine doesn’t turn 18 until next August so should be allowed to develop behind the scenes, but fans will certainly want to keep a close eye on him now.

It was a disappointing campaign last year for the youth teams. There’s some really positive signs and exciting individuals emerging this season, though.

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