Why there's ZERO chance Mount leaves Chelsea
A trio of Chelsea's academy graduates stole the show in the Blues' 4-0 thrashing of Juventus on Tuesday night, yet Mason Mount wasn't one of them.
Goals from Trevoh Chalobah, Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi helped Thomas Tuchel's side to a convincing win over the Italian giants.
Mount, on the other hand, was reduced to 15 minutes of action off the substitutes' bench.
And that pretty much sums up the Englishman's 2021/22 season to date.
Having started 32 Premier League games in each of the last two campaigns, Mount was expected to remain virtually an ever-present in Tuchel's team.
However, a lack of form, as well as his first injury in years, has meant that he is now faced with breaking back into the Blues' starting lineup.
Mount to leave Chelsea?
Mount's exclusion from Tuchel's recent lineups has led to rumours of his exit from the club, with Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool reportedly interested.
But there is absolutely no chance that the 22-year-old departs west London anytime soon.
That's because long before Frank Lampard's stint as Chelsea boss, which saw youth players break into the senior squad for the first time since John Terry, Mount made it clear that he would do whatever it took to make a success of himself at Stamford Bridge, when the odds looked nigh on impossible.
“My goal was and is to make the first team at Chelsea”— Uber Chelsea FC ⭐️⭐️ (@UberCheIseaFC) October 9, 2018
My dad told me: “Son, you realise John Terry’s the only proper English youth player who made the first team in the last 20 years?”
So I told him: ‘Then I’ll be the next.’”
- Mason Mount 👏 👏 pic.twitter.com/5J2A1iunaC
Loan moves to Eredivisie club Vitesse and Derby County are testament to the playmaker's desire to make it at the club he has been with since the age of six.
And so a spell out of the team is not nearly enough to encourage the Champions League winner to seek pastures new.
It is important to note that the current situation is far from a crisis. After all, he did register his first senior hat-trick little over a month ago.
Expect to see the hard-working midfielder in the team before too long, displacing the likes of Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic.
Pulisic to leave Chelsea?
Pulisic is another Chelsea player linked with an exit, again to Liverpool, but he is likelier to leave than Mount.
The USA international is into his third season with the Blues, after a £55 million move from Borussia Dortmund, and is yet to find consistency in his game.
The forward enjoyed a terrific run of form at the end of the 2019/20 campaign, performing in a similar fashion to Eden Hazard, but injuries have so far prevented him from reaching his potential.
And while a move away from Stamford Bridge, especially in January, seems improbable, Pulisic's exit can't be ruled out like Mount's.