Mason Mount started the season on fire for Chelsea and made a seamless step up to the club’s first-team.
Blues manager Frank Lampard worked with him last season at Derby County during his loan in the Championship and has put faith in him in the Premier League.
Mount’s exciting start to the campaign was mirrored by some of the club’s other academy graduates, with Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori also under the spotlight.
Mount has four goals and two assists so far this season across all competition, with many supporters viewing him as a future star at Stamford Bridge.
But the 20-year-old has been given a slight reality check since the international break and has hit his first bump in the road this season.
He’s been dropped to the bench for the last two games and it looks like he’s got an uphill task to break back into the XI.
The English playmaker has shown he can be a quality attacking threat in either a wide left role or in a central midfield role, but there is now immense competition for places.
Mount now has in-form teammate Christian Pulisic tearing it up on the left flank and it looks like he’s cemented his spot in the team.
Meanwhile, Lampard appears to have stumbled across a midfield trio of N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho.
Rising talent Mount is going to have to deal with inconsistency and he’s still got a big role to play this season, but he may need to be a little more patient.