According to Tutto Sport, former Derby County loan star Mason Mount has been ranked among the best 40 youngsters in the world following his impressive form.
The Italian editorial publish a list of the word’s best upcoming players every year. Players like Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe have been past nominees.
It is a prestigious honour to be labelled as a next potential world class player, and Mount certainly fits the criteria after breaking onto the scene over the past 12 months.
Mason Mount showed his quality in Derby County colours:
The Chelsea midfielder joined the Rams on a season-long loan deal last year.
He capped off his debut with Derby with a goal in a 2-1 opening day win at Reading. His quality was evident from the get-go, and he only got better as the season progressed.
Mount went on to post nine goals and four assists in 38 Championship games. He helped the Rams reach the playoff final, eventually losing out on promotion to Aston Villa.
His form, even in the Championship, warranted an England call-up from manager Gareth Southgate. Now, as a Chelsea regular, the England caps will begin to flow.
Mount has already found the net three times for the Blues in seven Premier League games. He is reminiscent of his manager Frank Lampard who was influential in his move to Derby.
Ahead of Chelsea’s recent encounter with Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp claimed Mount is now worth £60 million or more – an incredible compliment from a top manager.
Mount, despite not being owned by Derby County, could end up going down as one of the best players in recent decades to pull on the Rams shirt.