The loan system, whatever people may think of it, can be hugely beneficial when it comes to the development of young players.
Last season, 20-year-old Mason Mount, was dispatched to Derby County on a season-long loan deal.
Working under Frank Lampard, Mount has an exceptional season with the only negative aspect being an injury that sidelined him for a while.
Now back at Stamford Bridge, a year older and certainly a year more experienced, Mount will be anxious to see what the coming season has in store for him.
With Frank Lampard set to take over the managerial reigns, at Stamford Bridge, Mason will be hoping that having impressed under Frank, at Derby, he will be given the opportunity to do something similar at Chelsea.
The omens certainly suggest that could be the case with The Evening Standard reporting that the club have opened talks with the midfielder about a new deal.
If Mason is to be kept at Chelsea next season, instead of going out on loan for another season, he’ll have to accept he may not be a regular starter, opposition for a midfield place will be tough with Jorginho, Kovacic, Kante, Barkley and Loftus-Cheek all looking for a place on the team-sheet.
But, given the chance, I’m pretty sure Mason won’t let anyone down and his youthful endeavour could be just what’s needed when the outcome of a game has yet to be decided.
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