Former Chelsea and England midfielder, Frank Lampard announced his retirement on 2 February 2017 after turning down several offers, bringing to an end a 21-year professional career.
The 38-year-old, who spent his last year with New York City in Major League Soccer in the US, made 649 appearances for Chelsea and won 106 England caps. He won 11 major trophies, including three Premier League titles and the Champions League in 2012. Lampard also won four FA Cups, two League Cups and the Europa League.
But ever since he left Chelsea in 2014, the Blues, obviously in search of a replacement, are yet to find a perfect match, or possibly found a replacement but waiting for the right moment to unleash the future star.
Here is Mason Tony Mount, a Chelsea midfielder, who could be a possible and perfect replacement for Lampard. Born: 10 January 1999 (age 19 years), and currently on loan at → Vitesse, scored 9 goals in 29 appearances last season.
Vitesse technical director, Marc van Hintum (who replaced Mo Allach at the start of the season) believes the best player, or certainly the best midfielder in the league was 19-year-old Chelsea loanee Mason Mount.
“We have been able to enjoy a great talent. At Ajax there are no better players in the midfield, you know. No, not Ziyech either. Mason has everything: work rate, stamina, tactical ingenuity, technique, depth (determination?) and dynamics. He can put pressure and has scoring ability. He can even head. He has the right mentality and he is intelligent. All conditions for a top career, and then it really is about the world top, are present.“
Van Hintum may be biased, but Mount certainly has turned a lot of heads this season, including back home in England, where he was invited to train with the national team for a week at the start of their preparations for the World Cup.
“That internship with the English national team is the result of this. That was crazy, though. Mason really got into the spotlight this season at Vitesse. Yes, that is also a compliment to Vitesse and Eredivisie.“
So, here are ten minutes of Mason Mount highlights. Ten minutes of the Eredivisie’s Best Player highlights. Ten minutes of Chelsea’s 2016-17 Academy Player of the Year highlights. That’s thirty minutes of goodness compressed into ten minutes for easy hype-generating. Don’t argue with science.
You might say that there’s already enough hype around young Mason. But that’s just Monday talking. Don’t listen to it. The hype is real, and it’s only getting started. Don’t believe me? Watch the video, thanks to YouTubers CFCVideos.
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The Blues have of course closely followed Mount’s development, with Eddie Newton, Chelsea’s head loan technical coach, agreeing with much of what Van Hintum is saying.
“He has shown his talent in the Netherlands. From our point of view, it took a long time before he started playing. [but] his impact at Vitesse was then exceptional. Of course we already knew his qualities. He was not for nothing the Academy Player of the Year. But Mason also had to fulfill his promise. His statistics are great now. But Mason must now also take the next steps. This was only the start. Mason can carry a team. But he still has a long way to go. Everything is about progress. It is also about mentality. Determination. The willpower to succeed,” Newton said.
Could the next step still be at Vitesse? Unlikely, but no decisions have been made yet.
“We are going to sit somewhere quietly in the near future. With Mason, the family, the management, the club. Then we outline his future. That must be good for him and his development,” Eddie Newton told Gelderlander via Google Translate