Chelsea scout Rob Winzar said Mason Mount was the best talent he has seen in years of his scouting careers.
Winzar who has spent 15 years as a youth football scout in the south-east for Chelsea was the one who spotted Mount talent.
Mount was six years old back then when Winzar saw him playing in a seven-a-side tournament for Boarhunt FC.
Winzar told the BBC: “The thing that stood out to me every time I watched Mason was his aggression.
“His determination is second to none. Fantastic attitude. He’s the best I’ve seen in all the years I’ve done it.
“I’ve seen lots and lots of good players and Mason is the best.”
But recruiting Mount was not an easy task.
When he asked Mount’s father Tony for permission to take the young talent to Chelsea’s development centre, the father initially rejected it. He wanted Mount to enjoy his football and not get involved with “all that”.
Fortunately, Winzar had a trick up his sleeves. He invited the whole Boarhunt team to Cobham training centre for a tournament three weeks later.
Boarhunt won the tournament with Mount as their star player. The future Chelsea star then joined Chelsea U9 group.
Winzar said: “Once we’ve got them in at Cobham, it opens their eyes up. That was what did it.”
Mount is still showing his aggression on the pitch even now that he is a full-fledged member of Chelsea senior team. Frank Lampard often speaks highly of the England international’s work-rate on the pitch.
After 2-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in February, Lampard told the BT Sport: “I hope Mason’s performance gets digested properly today.
“A lot of people talk about Mason, they look at his goals. The work rate and sharpness in his game today was unbelievable.”
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