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Breaking Down Mason Mount’s First Season At Chelsea & What To Expect From Him In The Years Ahead

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Nikhil Vinodh
Nikhil has been an avid Chelsea fan for as long as the concept of time has existed and rumours say that he even bleeds blue. Having lived in the UK for 3 years, Nikhil is said to have an excellent understanding of the atmosphere surrounding the English game. His role model is the greatest manager of all time - Jose Mourinho.

Premier League outfit Chelsea have historically been one of the most unpredictable teams in the league, in that they could either turn up and completely blow the opposition away or they could put up an abysmal performance, all in the matter of the few days. A lot of that was probably down to the type of creativity that they were dependent on – Eden Hazard, Willian and Pedro bombarding down the flanks and pulling off their individual magic.

Under Frank Lampard this time around though, the Blues have looked like a very different side. Some of the more experienced names at the club have been gradually eased out, and youth has been fused in their place. What this means is that their primary source of creativity in the midfield is likely to come from the central players. The likes of Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic have done wonders for Chelsea this season, but one name that has stood out in midfield has been Mason Mount.

How Did Mount Make A Name For Himself?

Another member of the long list of current Chelsea first-team players who came through the academy, Mason Mount, has very much been Frank Lampard’s voice in the front-line. The 21-year-old has been a member of the Chelsea youth system for more than 15 years now, and it’s not surprising at all that Lampard seems to have so much trust in him. Although a lot of that could be down the time they’ve spent together over the years, the midfielder’s exploits at Derby County last season cannot be underplayed.

Having joined the Championship club on loan on the back of Lampard being appointed as the new manager, Mount was immediately thrown into the first-team setup by the new gaffer. While it was initially argued that the Chelsea man’s diminutive frame would be a concern for Championship football, his technique and general composure elevated him into an absolute fan-favourite at Derby. The 21-year-old’s 45 fixtures for the Rams across all competitions yielded a decent return of 11 goals and six assists last season.

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 03: Mason Mount of Chelsea runs with the ball during the FA Cup Fifth Round match between Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC at Stamford Bridge on March 03, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

What Does Mount Add To This Chelsea Team?

The attacking-midfielder has been forced to play in a variety of positions in the midfield area this season, and it’s safe to say that Lampard will be satisfied with what he’s seen from Mount. An excellent striker of the ball, the one thing that Mount could look to improve upon is his short passing. The Englishman seems to unnecessarily throw the ball away by making silly mistimed passes, which can certainly be avoided with the right kind of training and development.

Having been a regular in the Chelsea first-team all through the season, the Blues’ faithful seem to have taken a clear liking to the midfielder’s qualities. The youngster’s first-ever Premier League season for Chelsea yielded six goals and five assists from 29 league outings. Although his general impact within the side cannot be quantified, the fact remains that Mount has what it takes to become a club legend at Stamford Bridge.

What To Expect From Mount In The Years Ahead?

By playing in midfield, attacking-midfield or even on the flanks, Mount has proven that he’s got what it takes to excel at the highest level, irrespective of the position he’s deployed in. Capable of beating a man just as well as he can take a shot on, Mount is arguably one of the most exciting talents in the whole of the Premier League at this moment. The youngster went from strength to strength all through the 19/20 league season, and it would be silly on Lampard’s part to expect anything less from him in the upcoming Premier League campaign.

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