Mason Mount's comments about emulating Chelsea legend Frank Lampard couldn't be more spot on
The gap between the youth team and first team in the Premier League seems to be growing every year.
Whereas youth team players used to be given a chance – whether it be when a senior player wasn’t available or their talent demanded they play – the opportunity doesn’t seem to be there anymore.
It probably all boils down to the ruthlessness of the Premier League and the demand for instant success.
But Mason Mount is going about getting into the Chelsea team the right way.
Having shone at Vitesse Arnhem last year – scoring 14 goals in 39 games – Mason faced a tough decision last summer.
Presented with a return to Holland or moving to Germany, Mount decided to join Chelsea legend Frank Lampard at Derby County.
An attacking midfielder himself, Lampard is the perfect role model for Mount.
And this hasn’t gone unnoticed by the England under-21 player.
“Frank has been brilliant,” Mount said to the Telegraph. “He has spoken to me a lot one-to-one before and after I signed.
“I’m always speaking to him and for me, being an attacking midfielder, I couldn’t learn off anyone bigger or better than that. I always go into a game trying to get an assist and trying to get a goal, I want to influence games.”
Mount’s approach to getting into the Chelsea first team has been refreshing to see.
With many academy players getting stuck in the loan-system quagmire, Mount’s expressed aim is to get into the Chelsea first team.
And playing and learning under Lampard – who will obviously have huge sway at Chelsea – is a good way for Mount to become part of Maurizio Sarri’s plans.
Following four goals in eight appearances for Derby, Mount has earned himself a call-up to the England under-21 team.
And having already trained with Gareth Southgate’s men before the World Cup, don’t be alarmed if you see Mount in the England senior team sooner rather than later.