Mason Mount has long been talked about as the next big star to come out of the academy, something which will surely come true in the 2019/20 season.
The 20-year-old has impressed out on loan at Vitesse Arnhem and Derby County in recent years, while he was a standout in youth teams when rising though the ranks at Stamford Bridge.
He is an attacking midfielder that scored 11 times last season for Derby under their former manager Frank Lampard and the pair are now working together again.
New Blues head coach Lampard has introduced Mount to the Chelsea first-team during pre-season and revealed he will be around for the upcoming campaign.
“We know Mason is part of the first team squad this year, and it’s time for him. His qualities will improve even more with the quality around him,” Lampard said, as quoted by the club’s official website.
It seems like a full competitive senior debut for Mount in Chelsea colours is just around the corner and the sky is the limit for him.
The English playmaker has looked the part already in pre-season with some eye-catching cameos, which included a goal against St Patrick’s.
He’s signed a new five-year deal as well this summer to highlight the club’s faith in him and the pieces of the jigsaw appear to be coming together for him.
Most importantly for Mount, there is a real opportunity for him to break into the team on a regular basis if he makes a positive initial impact.
N’Golo Kante and Jorginho look the most likely to start as two players in a three-man midfield, but the third option is anyone’s guess.
Ross Barkley and Mateo Kovacic would be the frontrunners, but Mount has shown he can add a goal threat and is clearly well liked by Lampard.