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Vitesse bolster ranks with Chelsea Academy Player of the Year

Mason Mount, Chelsea’s 2016-17 Academy Player of the Year, will spend the upcoming season on loan at Chelsea’s unofficial affiliates in the Netherlands, Vitesse Arnhem. Unsurprisingly, he has also signed a new deal that runs until the summer of 2021.

Vitesse’s Technical Director, Mo Allach had a few words to say about the club’s new number 19.

“Mason is a promising midfielder with a variety of qualities. We have seen him often at work. With his arrival, and the other midfielders we have attached to us, we have several options to dress the midfield.”

- Mo Allach; source:

You can watch Mason’s first words after joining Chelsea B in the video below.

Mount is one of Chelsea’s very own, joining the club’s academy set-up at the tender age of six and progressing quickly; he made his debut for the Under-18 side at just age 14, in the 2013-14 season. He made the step up to a regular member of the Development Squad last season and has played a huge part in the Academy’s successes over the last two seasons. Most recently, he was instrumental in the England Under-19 side’s European Championship conquest. Mount is an attacking midfielder who possesses composure and maturity beyond his years, and has a keen eye for a pass.

He’ll join Academy graduates Charlie Colkett and Fankaty Dabo (as well as former Blue Mukhtar Ali) at Vitesse. There are a number of players who can play in central midfield at the club now — six, to be precise. However, Mount can also slot into the attacking band of three so there should be enough opportunities for him to impress.

Hopefully he’ll be able to cement his place in the Vitesse starting line-up and help them emulate last season’s feats at the very least, alongside making progress in the Europa League.

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