Every few years, a young player comes around who excites and awakens football fans' inner footballing love and desire. A player who has the capability of defining a generation. Mason Mount is such a player.
The youngster's meteoric rise in the last three seasons has been phenomenal, to say the least. He has now taken the Premier League by storm in his debut season and is fast becoming a household name thanks to his performances.
Chelsea is known for their good youth system, which, unfortunately, ends up benefiting other clubs in the long run, with few young players getting the chance to flourish and develop at the club.
Just like many other young players to have come through the Blues' academy, Mount has been labeled as one of the club's most exciting youngsters.
👨🏻 Joined the club at a tender age
He joined the club at a tender age of six, before signing at the Under-9 age group.
He has since grown and developed at the club's academy, where he honed his skills playing as an attacking midfielder, capable of playing in any of the central midfield roles and is particularly strong at going from box-to-box.
The 20-year-old played for the club as a scholar and played seven times for Chelsea's Under-18s in 2014/15 when still a schoolboy.
During the same season, he helped the club's youth team to lift the UEFA Youth League, and notably netted in the club's 5-1 win at Manchester United in the FA Youth Cup.
He was heavily involved again as he scored a crucial goal in the first leg of the Youth Cup final away at Manchester City as the young side successfully defended their trophy.
His performances saw him receive a callup to the England U-19 squad, where he became an integral member and guided them to win the Under-19 European Championship where he set up the winner in the finals.
✈️ Loan move abroad
He then moved to Vitesse Arnhem on loan for the 2017/18 season, where he enjoyed a year to remember, scoring 14 goals as the Dutch side qualified for the Europa League.
Deployed either in central midfield or a no.10 role, Mount's creativity and finishing ability stood out to such an extent he was named Vitesse's Player of the Year and rounded off the year in style by training with the England senior squad ahead of the World Cup.
🏴 Impressive in Championship
In July 2018, he joined Frank Lampard at Derby County where he was once again integral with eye-catching performances, which earned him impressive reviews.
In total, Mount amassed 16 goals and assists as the side came to within a touching distance of being promoted to the Premier League, but had done enough to earn a move back to Chelsea, especially with Lampard in charge.
Having impressed for England Under-21 European Championships, there was no doubt that the youngster was destined for greatness, and Chelsea moved to tie him down on a long-term deal, giving him a five-year contract.
He joined Lampard as the team jetted out of England for the preseason, and starred with a couple of goals and runs from midfield.
😮 Chelsea's 'new Lampard'
He has continued with the same into the new English Premier League season, having started all the three matches so far.
He scored against Leicester at Stamford Bridge, with the fans happy to see one of the academy graduates getting a chance to prove themselves.
His intelligence on and off the ball, ability to play multiple positions and his eye for goal make him a rare breed of young footballers across Europe.
🥽 Comparison with midfield greats
England fans are already calling on Gareth Southgate to give him a call-up to the senior team for the upcoming Bulgaria and Kosovo games after his impressive performances.
He has been mentioned in the same breath as a young Lampard, and many more compare him with midfield greats including Steven Gerrard, Xavi, Iniesta and Luka Modric.
The comparisons might be far-fetched for now, but he has shown he has what it takes to be one of the best midfielders of his generation.
At only 20, Mount has the capability to develop into one of the finest midfielders and will be integral to Chelsea this season.
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