It has been revealed by the Portsmouth News that Portsmouth manager Kenny Jackett had previously attempted to bring talented central midfielder Mason Mount to Fratton Park for a loan spell on two previous occasions.
Jackett took over from Paul Cook in the summer of 2017 and initially enquired about the youngster’s availability on loan, however Chelsea opted to send Mount on loan to Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem for the 2017-2018 season, and he went on to score 14 goals in 39 appearances as Vitesse finished sixth in the Eredivise and Mount scooped the club’s Player of the Year award.
Jackett then attempted to bring the youngster to Portsmouth again in the summer of 2018, to the club that Mount supported while growing up, however, Chelsea once again decided to send Mount somewhere else, this time to Championship side Derby County. While playing under current Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard, at Pride Park. Mount scored 11 goals in 44 appearances as Derby just failed to gain promotion to the Premier League through the Playoffs.
Mount has currently scored once every other game during the Premier League while being capped by Gareth Southgate’s England three times.
The Verdict: If Jackett had managed to land the nimble midfielder Mount, then he would have been a class above for the League One club. However, Mount’s progress and development has probably come on leaps and bounds with higher-profile loan moves to other clubs above Portsmouth in their standing around the world, and Chelsea are now reaping the benefits of their early decisions regarding the youngster’s loan moves.