Mason Mount has been tipped by Frank Lampard to be a future Chelsea and England regular.
Lampard is selecting the 19-year-old attacking midfielder for virtually every game for Derby County. In 12 matches this season, he has scored five goals and made one assist.
This is Mount’s first season of English senior football. To put his statistics into perspective, Jack Grealish, the man regarded as the best young attacking player in the Championship, has only scored nine goals since 2012.
If Ruben Loftus-Cheek or Callum Hudson-Odoi do not manage to become consistent starters at Chelsea, Mount represents the best hope for those who want to see a homegrown Chelsea academy player become a first team regular.
In Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea team, he would have to compete for a slot in the midfield three. This would not be ideal given that he is naturally a number 10.
However, his greatness seems to be a matter of when and not if. Scott Carson, the Derby goalkeeper, recently said that, from his very first training session at Derby, Mount looked like he wouldn’t be out of place in the England squad.
Mount is so skillful that he simply must become a regular at Chelsea during his career. If he does not, the blame will fall at Chelsea’s door. He is a rare talent.