12 Oct England News: Chelsea’s Mason Mount has been on Gareth Southgate’s radar for quite a while
The midfielder is set to make his international bow for a trainer that has understood his possible for a while
Chelsea youngster Mason Mount is very likely to make his first start for England tomorrow and director Gareth Southgate said he has been an admirer because the midfielder was at the below -16 setup.
The 20-year old has made a speedy start to life from the Premier League beneath Frank Lampardthe identical head coach he played with last year for Derby County at the Championship.
Mount has four goals in eight Premier League appearances this campaign, and it has made two substitute appearances for the 3 Lions too.
Today Southgate is anticipated to give him an opportunity from the off, but he is eager to point out that Mount is no overnight success.
“He is an excellent player, a smart footballer, presses nicely, has a true eye for goal, very good quality. So, nothing I have seen surprises me whatsoever,” the former Middlesbrough supervisor told a media conference.
“We have had him marked as a participant from the very first time that I watched him in St George’s Park. Chelsea are the same on that, I believe.
“Obviously he has been in a position to have the chance to play in the Premier League and show that against shirt teams. I believe you saw his punishment from the Super Cup [against Liverpool], which was a wonderful cameo of what he is about, actually.”
Mount is joined in the squad by fellow Chelsea kids Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori, and while the latter group will probably not begin Southgate is thrilled to find products of Chelsea’s academy make it through.
“I Believe I have spoken for a Few years now concerning the quality of young players coming via our academies,” he added
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“Chelsea have now been in the forefront of the, winning the Uefa Youth League and FA Youth Cup consistently.
“So it is a shame, possibly, two or one of the kids did not get that chance and have needed to play and go elsewhere and may have missed that instant that’s been ideal for the likes of Tammy and Mason.
“It is great timing for them since they have had those loan spells and they’re likely prepared to take this chance. So, as a young player, you have got skill, you have the job you do however, in the long run, you want the chance.”