Chelsea’s Mason Mount, who’s currently still on loan at Frank Lampard’s Derby County and will be battling for promotion in today’s play-off game against Leeds United, is reportedly going to join up with the Blues’ squad for their preseason tour of Japan in the summer, according to some reliable information received by the Chelsea Echo.
The tabloids have gone a step further and also claimed that the club has already “applied” for the player’s visa in order for Mount to travel with the team out East, though I believe a pinch of salt is needed here due to the origin of this part of the story being the Daily Mail and the Sun.
Having already recorded an impressive 10 goals and 6 assists in the Championship, Mason Mount’s season can certainly be labelled a full success after his previously fruitful experience at Vitesse Arnhem. The opportunity to play for Chelsea against both Kawasaki Frontale and Barcelona in July is a tremendous compliment to the youngster’s brilliance and ability, and should show him that the club believes in his talent.
The England u-21 international has also been lauded by many former Chelsea players this year, including current team colleague and Blues legend Ashley Cole, who recently advised Maurizio Sarri to give the 20-year old a genuine chance next season, also referring to Fikayo Tomori in the process:
“It’s their attitudes that stand out. You see a lot of young players who have not made it, not playing with the first team, and they are a little bit big-time. But these kids have got good heads on their shoulders, they want to learn. They want to listen, they train hard and want to improve every day and that’s what you want. […] For me, both of them have proved themselves and they are definitely good enough to be in the Chelsea squad.” – Ashley Cole; Daily Telegraph
Mount himself intends to ‘finally’ break onto the biggest of all stages as the Premier League is his intended target for the 2020/21 campaign. The midfielder himself says that it’s been a personal goal of his to star in the most competitive league in the world since being a mere child and the Derby loanee is relishing the chance to show what he’s capable of.
Despite all the plaudits Mount’s received, it seems unlikely that he will already be a part of Maurizio Sarri’s squad next season due to the current wealth of options. While the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s decision regarding Chelsea’s transfer ban may change this stance, as well as the potential acquisition of Mateo Kovačić, the best option for the promising youngster’s would be to stay at Derby for a further season, providing they get promoted of course.
Nobody can question the highly rated midfielder’s ability and realistic aspirations to reach the game’s apex of players, but Mount would primarily fit into Chelsea’s position at LCM in Sarri’s system, a spot only recently tied down by another former academy player, Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
In order to get the very best out of him and facilitate further progress in his development, I do believe a loan in the Premier League would serve Mason Mount best for the upcoming campaign and we will all be rooting for Frank Lampard and the two loanees to achieve their target today.