When Chelsea made the decision to sack Frank Lampard last month it was soon predicted by no shortage of people that Mason Mount would be one of the biggest losers of his departure.
Mount, who has been on Chelsea’s books since the age of just six-years-old, had commonly been described as ‘Lampard’s pet,’ as he would continuously retain his place within the team even if he had suffered a dip in form or produced a below-par performance.
The truth was, however, that Lampard was a massive fan of Mount’s talents. He signed him on a season long-loan during his one-year stay at Pride Park as Derby County manager and quickly made him a first-team regular at Stamford Bridge following Chelsea’s decision to appoint him as head coach in the summer of 2019.
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To say that Mount had never experienced the cut and thrust of the Premier League before the 2019/20 season, the England international’s numbers by the end of the campaign made impressive viewing; he had scored seven goals and registered six assists in 37 league appearances.
For a youngster to have produced numbers like that for a Premier League club the size of Chelsea at his first attempt spoke volumes about his potential.
Despite being a mainstay in the Chelsea team up until Lampard’s dismissal just over two weeks ago, it was soon predicted that Mount would lose his place in the team, with Thomas Tuchel, who will be looking to maintain his unbeaten start to life as Blues head coach when his side face Barnsley in the FA Cup fifth round on Thursday evening, being tipped to favour the likes of Kai Havertz instead.
The truth is, however, Mount has already installed himself as an integral part in Tuchel’s plans, starting three of his first four games in charge. After producing a slick, stylish performance in the 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur last Thursday evening, Mount played a key role in the…