"You can’t always ask a kid to do that when they are coming through because it is a lot on their shoulders but through the maturity of his performance last season but this season in particular, I have seen that he has gone up a level in his game.”
He is blue since the age of 6. He wore the pride of London like a true champion since then. In his heart, in his mind, this is where he belongs. This is where he wanted to play all his life. As a kid when you dream to play for the club you are supporting all your life, you develop a sense of belonging. You want to be someone at the club. You want to play football and you want the fans to love you and adore you. It’s all that a kid who is coming through the ranks of a club wants. Mason Mount is adored by the Stamford Bridge. He is the new generation of Chelsea Football Club who will define the values of the blue flags in the coming future. When Frank Lampard asked him to wear the Captain’s Armband for the FA Cup tie against Luton Town, Mason was not shocked. He knew he would wear it someday in his life. But to be the youngest skipper of Chelsea since John Terry? He must be proud of himself. As a kid, you just want to play football for your club. But when you wear the armband, it’s not just football you play. You are the embodiment of the values of the club. You define the character of the club. You wear it for the day the world comes crashing down and you protect the ethos of what you believed all your life for the club. Mason Mount is a Captain of the Chelsea Football Club. We are witnessing something special.
It was probably written in stars. It was the last match of Frank Lampard eventually.
It was a proud moment for Mason and his family. After he wore the armband for the first time he posted this heartfelt image on Twitter.
Captaining the club I’ve been at since the age of 6, no words can describe the emotion and immense pride! pic.twitter.com/7RzBdrtSoP— Mason Mount (@masonmount_10) January 24, 2021
Mason Mount gets a lot of stick from Chelsea fans because he’s one of Frank Lampard’s favorites and he tends to start most games, but you can always see that he gives it his all even if he’s not playing well.
Mount was born in Portsmouth, a naval city on the south coast of England.his father was a manager in the local town club. When Mason was 6 years old, he started to spend one day a week training in the academies of Portsmouth, Southampton, and Chelsea. He played for the local clubs. Everyone loved him. Always smiling and a jubilant watch on the football field. He made his under-18 debuts in the 2013-14 season. Mount went on to play for both under-18 and under-21 teams during the 2016–17 season, in which he scored 10 goals in 30 appearances. He was hard working and talented. Chelsea Football Club invested in him when they felt they are looking at someone very special. A player for the generation. He signed a new four-year contract with Chelsea in July 2017. For his further development, he went on to loan to an Eredivisie side Vitesse at the age of 17. Whenever he got the chance, he performed well. He was a bright prospect. He joined Frank Lampard at Derby County in 2018 at the Championship. People loved him. Even though his time there was injury-plagued, but he came back stronger. He scored his second senior hat-trick in a 4–0 Championship league game against Bolton Wanderers in 2019. He made his case strong for Chelsea to return again.
Finally, On 15 July 2019, Mount signed a new five-year contract with Chelsea. His competitive debut at the top division was not a memorable one. A 0–4 away defeat to Manchester United in the Premier League was a memory he wouldn’t want to associate with his debut. But his second game was a memorable game. It was Frank Lampard’s home debut as a manager and Mason scored his first Chelsea goal against Leicester City which ended in a 1–1 draw.
On 22 July 2020, he became the first Chelsea Academy graduate to make his first-team debut and complete 50 appearances in the same season. He was quickly becoming the sure starter in the mid field. Frank Lampard’s high regard for Mason gave him the time and space to grow himself on the team. People often gave Lampard a stick for his so-called ‘favoritism’ of Mason. But Mason stood up for Lampard every step of the way and justified his spot on the team.
Mount missed the decisive penalty in Chelsea’s 5–4 shootout loss away to Tottenham Hotspur in the fourth round of the EFL Cup on 29 September 2020. It was a tough day for him. He faced a lot of criticism for that. But Mason kept grinding out impressive performances.
When asked about handing over the armband to Mason, Frank Lampard said, "Listen, he deserves it. He is playing like a captain and he played like a captain recently and all season. He loves Chelsea and came through the academy.”
When asked about why he gave the armband to Mason, he said, "The club captain is Azpilicueta and he was not playing today but he is a great role model for Mason. He feels the club, has the desire for the club, and tries to affect things other than himself.”
Mason is a player for the new English and Chelsea generation. We will see much more of him without a doubt.