In his first season as a professional, Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount is already earning plenty of praise for his work at Eredivisie club Vitesse. Although Chelsea B stand in 7th place adn 27 points behind leaders PSV Eindhoven, the 19-year-old is making a name for himself, especially lately, with 7 goals and 2 assists to his name in 20 league appearances and all but two of those goals coming in his last 10 matches.
Thus, it should not be much of a surprise that Vitesse want to keep Mount for another season, as per a report from Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf (via Football-Oranje).
As is the case with most things in life, there are pros and cons to extenting Mount’s stay at Vitesse and there is no easy, obvious decision. While it’s fantastic that he’s grown into a key role for the team, perhaps that means he’s ready for something more. But we also must be wary of pushing him too much too quickly, and also introducing a new variable with a new team.
Sometimes, despite all the best intentions, the wrong decision gets made (case in point: Lewis Baker). And that’s before we delve into the uncertainties at Chelsea themselves, both on and off the pitch. For example, who’s taking over Emenalo’s loan army business?
Many bright young prospects have come through at Chelsea in recent seasons, but outside of Andreas Christensen, none have made it into the Chelsea first team. Others have found success at other clubs (Nathan Ake, for example), while others have faded away. Which category Mount will belong to? Only time will tell.