Mason Mount Profile
|Born||Jan 10, 1999|
|Birthplace||Portsmouth, United Kingdom|
After emerging through Chelsea's academy, England international Mason Mount has established himself as a vital figure in the Blues midfield, winning Player of the Year in the 2020/21 season.
Mount came through the academy at Chelsea, making him one of very few to do so and then have a successful and sustained run in the Blues' first team.
This did not come without its struggles, as Mount had to be patient throughout loan spells at Vitesse Arnhem in 2017/18 and Derby County in 2018/19. He was successful at both teams and therefore earned his breakthrough at Chelsea.
Mount made his senior England national team debut in September 2019 and is a regular for Gareth Southgate's side.
Mason Mount and Chelsea
Mount joined Chelsea at the age of six in 2005. He was a rising star from a young age and made his debut for the U-18s while he was still at U-15 level in the 2013/14 season.
Mount was Chelsea's Academy Player of the Year in the 2016/17 season.
In July 2017, he signed a new four-year contract with the club, but moved to Vitesse on loan upon signing.
"I think it was the best decision I made at that time. I had a season of U23s football and I played in almost every game," he later told Goal.
"For me, at that time I needed to move on. I didn't need to play another year of under-23s and it wouldn't have helped me.
"So it was a massive decision to move out to Holland. I was 18 and moved to a different country on my own. It was a tough decision but, looking back on it now, it was the best decision. I learned so much from being out there."
Mount made 39 appearances for Vitesse in the 2017/18 season and scored 14 times before returning to Chelsea. He spent the next season on loan at Derby County.
In the 2018/19 season, Mount was managed by one of his idols, Chelsea's record goalscorer, Frank Lampard.
He impressed in a side which reached the Championship play-off final, which they lost 2-1 to Aston Villa at Wembley Stadium.
Chelsea were given a transfer ban due to a breach of rules regarding transfers of U-18 players. The start of this coincided with Frank Lampard replacing Maurizio Sarri as head coach, moving from Derby County.
Lampard retained Mount in his team rather than sending him on loan again. He was given regular game time for Chelsea throughout the course of the 2019/20 campaign.
Mount made 53 appearances in all competitions, scoring eight goals, as Chelsea qualified for the UEFA Champions League despite their squad being affected by the transfer ban and the departure of star player Eden Hazard.
In 2020/21, Chelsea struggled to get going and Lampard ultimately paid with his job midway through the campaign.
Mount remained a key player under Thomas Tuchel and was named Chelsea Player of the Year on May 18, 2021. His goals against Porto and Real Madrid were crucial in helping Chelsea get to the final of the UEFA Champions League.
The 2020/21 season also saw Mount captain the side for the first time in an FA Cup tie against Sheffield United.
"I hadn't had something like that in a game but I'm versatile, I can change positions and that's what the modern game's about. I think my versatility is something that is a positive for me," he said in March, as quoted by Chelsea's official website.
"I don't mind playing a bit deeper or higher up in the midfield, I can play anywhere. That's definitely a positive for me and I just keep trying to work hard and know what I need to do in the different positions."
Mason Mount and England
Mount played for England at under-16, under-17, under-18 and under-19 levels. He was part of the England side at the 2016 UEFA European Under-17 Championship.
At the 2017 UEFA European Under-19 Championship, Mount provided the assist for Lukas Nmecha to score the winning goal against Portugal in the final of the tournament. Mount was subsequently named Golden Player of the Tournament.
On May 27, 2019, Mount was called up to England's squad for the 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.
Mount was invited by Gareth Southgate to train with the senior national team for a week following his impressive spell at Vitesse and ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, which ultimately saw England make the semi-finals.
He received a senior national team call-up for UEFA Nations League matches against Croatia and Spain late in the year 2018. England were ultimately eliminated in the semi-finals of that tournament too.
Mount made his senior international debut for The Three Lions when he came on as a 67th minute substitute in England's 4-0 home victory over Bulgaria on October 7, 2019 in qualifying for the UEFA Euro 2020 tournament.
He scored his first goal for England in a 4-0 away win over Kosovo in the same qualification campaign on November 17.
Southgate and Lampard were widely mocked at one point for their alleged favouritism of Mount, but as his steady performances continued and Thomas Tuchel picked him too, the pair of young English managers were vindicated.
"I was saying in the autumn that he is a very good player. Now Thomas Tuchel picks him, everyone agrees," Southgate quipped in March 2021.
"When Frank Lampard did it, it didn't count for some reason."
Mount was selected as part of Southgate's Euro 2020 squad and featured in the 1-0 win over Croatia in the group stages. He also played in the goalless draw against Scotland, the 4-0 quarter-final win against Ukraine and the semi-final success over Denmark.
He started the final against Italy too, but did not take part in the penalty shootout that saw Italy win it after being substituted earlier.
Mount was born in Portsmouth and his father, Tony, was a player and manager at non-League level for clubs such as Havant Town.
Frank Lampard, Luka Modric and Andres Iniesta were among Mount's role models as a young boy. According to Goal, he grew up a Portsmouth fan.
"I was training with Portsmouth and Southampton a little bit more because it was close to home. Then I would travel up to Chelsea to train with them," Mount told Goal.
"At Chelsea, it was a totally different level. The boys were so much better, the training was a year in advance of the other two academies. It was the best decision because you learn so much, with the competition between the boys being so much higher."
Mason Mount net worth
Mount earns £88,462 per week at Chelsea, according to Spotrac. This works out to an annual salary of £4,600,000.