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Mason Mount is on fire, scores again for Vitesse in playoff final

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Seven goals in his last six games.

Vitesse v OGC Nice - UEFA Europa League Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

Quick, someone call the fire department!

Chelsea loanee Mason Mount is on fire and he can’t stop scoring!

The (young) man who couldn’t find a starting place in Vitesse Arnhem’s team for the first six matches of the season is incandescent. Last week he scored a hat trick against ADO Den Haag in the Eredivisie playoffs for a spot in the Europa League’s 2nd qualifying round, which he followed with a goal in the second leg. Now Vitesse have embarked on the final playoff tie against FC Utrecht, who finished one place ahead of them in the league.

Vitesse hosted, and they won 3-2. And guess who scored the first goal?

Would it help if we told you the ball had singe marks?

This makes a remarkable seven goals in Mason Mount’s last six matches. That’s fully half of his fourteen goals this season, to go along with 10 assists. Scoring may be easier in Netherlands, but this is a ridiculous level of excellence. Unfortunately, he won’t be able to add to his tally any further. A booking in last night’s game means that he’d be suspended for the return leg due to an accumulation of bookings.

At 19, he’s probably too young for Chelsea, although it’s hard to imagine that the Dutch club will be able to hold onto him. He likely needs to play in a league with tighter marking and, ideally, somewhere that will prepare him for a more physical contest. Where that will be is something that Chelsea will doubtless give a lot of thought to. He’s sure to be in demand after an outburst like this.

In a season where we’ve been blessed with an abundance of good news from our loanees — Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Marco van Ginkel, Michy Batshuayi, even Tammy Abraham to some extent — Mason Mount is very much looking like the crown jewel of the bunch.