The ‘Frank Lampard effect’ is finally taking its course at Pride Park, with Mason Mount the first signing of the ex-England international's managerial career.
The youngster joins the Rams on a season long loan from Chelsea. Lampard’s status as a Chelsea legend has undoubtedly helped with the exciting appointment of the promising and popular young player.
Who is Mason Mount?
Mount is a central attacking midfielder renowned for his acceleration, dribbling and creativity. Just 19 years of age, Mount became one of the most sought-after loan signings for various Championship clubs. His talent hasn’t gone unrecognised throughout his young and flourishing career; he has featured in every stage of the England youth teams from Under 16s right through the Under 19s last year.
Where has he been?
On loan from Chelsea, Mount has enjoyed a successful spell abroad with Dutch side, SBV Vitesse. Chelsea have built quite a rapport with the Dutch side in recent years: Lewis Baker, Izzy Brown and Dominic Solanke all took to Vitesse in amongst the Chelsea youth set up. Like many Chelsea prospects, Mount is yet to make a single appearance for the first team but is expected to make more than his fair share for the Rams. Mount was a regular for Vitesse and helped the club secure sixth place in the Eredivisie League.
Is he what Derby needs?
In a word: Yes. Derby, since the untimely departure of Tom Ince, have missed a confident player who has the courage and skill to run at defences and take them on. Derby’s midfield lacked energy and flair. The return of Craig Bryson combined with the arrival of Mount might be the spark that reignites Derby’s central midfield.
Bryson was the last goal scoring midfielder Derby had. Mount scored an admirable nine goals in just short of 30 appearances for Vitesse and an even more impressive return for England Under-19s with seven goals in 16 apps.
No permanent move, no matter
Loan signings were inevitable for Derby this season as they look to retribute some big spending in seasons gone by. This shouldn’t and doesn’t take anything away from Mount's move. Derby supporters shouldn’t be disheartened by temporary signings. Just ask last season’s Championship winners, Wolves. It is a very exciting appointment which will bring an abundance of energy to both the midfield and supporters at Pride Park.