Super agent Rob Segal has suggested that Mason Mount might not have been given a chance at the club had it not been for Frank Lampard.
Mount spent time on loan at Derby County, when Frank Lampard was in charge, and the former Chelsea manager was happy to give him first-team opportunities when he landed the job at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea shipped him on loan and allowed Lampard to cash in on him in the derby, where he thrived. However, many players at Chelsea were sent on loan and never saw a Chelsea shirt, but Lampard was willing to give him a chance at the club.
“If you look at Mason Mount – he’s out on loan to Derby County and had a great season there. But every player in the Chelsea books at that level is a good player, so the Derby County manager is going back to Chelsea and of course, he had good seasonal knowledge and he takes Mount To London with him and play with him. But it makes me wonder if Frank Lampard isn’t back at Chelsea, will Mount get his chance?” Said Segal, speaking exclusively to caught sneaking.
Normally, if a player is good enough he will eventually find his way into the first team, but Chelsea have been known for letting players go and not giving them a chance. The two most visible cases are Mohamed Salah and Kevin De Bruyne, who are now considered some of the best players in Europe.
Both players were sent on loan before they were sold, and there will likely be great regrets from the club.
“Let’s say Gallagher went to Derby County instead and had a good season there which he would undoubtedly have done, then Lampard went back to Chelsea, maybe Gallagher could have been given the chance and maybe he would have played on Sunday but to Chelsea,” Segal added.
Seagal was disappointed to see Chelsea not allow Conor Gallagher to play against them in the FA Cup (via caught sneaking).
If Gallagher had a chance to express himself at Chelsea, just like Mount, there probably wouldn’t have been any arguing for Gallagher to play in the semi-finals. As Segal mentioned, had Lampard been in charge, Gallagher might be a first-team player as he is, and Chelsea fans are hoping the club will not make the same mistakes they made with De Bruyne and Salah.