Chelsea youngster Mason Mount has explained that senior teammate Jorginho has had a “massive effect” on him this season.
Mount, 20, is one of the academy players to be thrown into the first-team by manager Frank Lampard this season.
The senior England international has three goals for the Blues so far this season and has made a seamless step up to the Premier League.
He is an attacking midfielder that prefers to play in a central role behind the striker, but has proven his versatility to cause damage on the left flank and he’s got a tremendous work-rate.
The creative playmaker has caught the eye so far for Chelsea, while fellow academy graduates Fikayo Tomori and Tammy Abraham have also followed suit at Stamford Bridge this campaign.
With so many youngsters now in the squad, there is more emphasis on the senior stars to help guide them and lead from the front.
Jorginho had a mixed first season in West London last year, but has grown into a key player and has been confirmed as the club’s vice-captain.
The 27-year-old central midfielder sets the tone on the pitch with his passing and is a vocal leader too that is seeing his reputation soar.
Mount has revealed that the Italy international has helped him massively already this season and his knowledge is rubbing off on him.
“When you’re coming into a team and playing with someone like Jorginho, how much of a character he is and how big he is within the team, he’s had a massive effect on me,” Mount told Sky Sports Football.
“I think playing with him, being around him, training with him every day, he’s a massive player for us and you learn so much off a player with that experience of playing at a very, very high level.”
After receiving plenty of stick in the early stages of his Chelsea career, it seems like Jorginho is now coming good both on and off the pitch.
Mount could be at the heart of the Chelsea team for the next decade if he develops along the right path and the way he’s settled during the last few months has been highly impressive.
He needs to try take everything he can from teammates like Jorginho, Willian and N’Golo Kante to improve his own individual game.