With Chelsea not being able to sign any new players in the summer transfer window, it is clear that the London club will have to use promising young players from their academy next season. Over the years, the Blues have sent out their best youngsters on loan and have sold them for substantial transfer fees, but things are going to change for the Stamford Bridge outfit this season.
New manager Frank Lampard will have to make use of the youngsters in his squad, and one of the players that he should be looking towards is Mason Mount. The former England international worked with the 20-year-old midfielder during his managerial spell at Derby during the 2018-19 campaign. Mount stepped up his game under Lampard last season and was a key figure in the Rams reaching the Championship playoff final. The England Under-21 international has returned to his parent club Chelsea, and there is a very good chance that he could break into the first team under Lampard next season. With the Blues 25/1 to win the Premier League title next season, according to latest football betting odds on bet365,com, not many will expect the Blues to challenge for the league title.
— Mason Mount (@masonmount_10) July 9, 2019
Mount was not exactly consistent throughout the season for Derby in 2018-19, but he was very good when he needed to be and stepped up in the big games. The 20-year-old midfielder made 38 appearances in the Championship for the Rams last season, scoring nine goals and providing four assists in the process. The youngster is a free-kick specialist and scored a stunning goal in training, which has left the Chelsea fans talking.
— Mason Mount (@masonmount_10) May 29, 2019
Chelsea have a good attacking unit, but with the departure of Eden Hazard to Spanish and European giants Real Madrid, there is the prospect of Lampard tinkering with it. Christian Pulisic is likely to be guaranteed a place in the starting lineup, given the £57.6 million the Blues paid Borussia Dortmund for the 20-year-old USA international attacking midfielder’s services, but Lampard has said that every player will get a clean slate, and that means that Mount will get the chance to show what he is capable of in a Chelsea shirt.
Mount could be part of the three attacking midfielders behind a lone striker if Lampard decides to play a 4-2-3-1 formation. While the youngster is not exactly a player who can do it all on his own when it comes to attack, he is certainly a midfielder who can do well in a supporting cast. If played alongside Willian, Pedro or Pulisic, he can certainly thrive, and his set-piece skills will also delight the fans.