2. Callum Hudson-Odoi
CHO as he’s fondly called by the Chelsea faithful already is a buzzing sensation and is wanted by German champions Bayern Munich.
Bayern were ready to spend up to £35m on the unproven 18-year-old, but Chelsea are keen to hold on to the youngster.
It took many months for Maurizio Sarri to give Hudson-Odoi a chance, but when he finally did, the teenager showed that he’s more than capable and even did better than experienced duo Willian and Pedro.
Hudson-Odoi made 24 appearances in total for the senior side, including his first Premier League start against Brighton two months ago. His direct play, skill, pace and dangerous crossing made life difficult for opposition defence and he’s also clinical in front of goal as he scored 5 goals last season, with 4 coming in the Europa League.
His brilliant form earned him two senior England caps in March and he impressed, initially as a substitute against Czech Republic and then from the start against Montenegro.
Hudson-Odoi is no ordinary teenager, as Bayern Munich were ready to pay £35m for his signature and also hand him the number 10 shirt. Chelsea are now ready to pay the teenager £100,000-a-week wages and also give him the number 10 jersey in the five-year contract the club has offered him.
To break into the Chelsea first team at just age 18 is no mean feat, and Hudson-Odoi is a player that will definitely make it big on the world stage.
3. Mason Mount
9 league goals and 4 assists in 38 Championship games is no ordinary feat for a 20-year-old midfielder, and the young Chelsea midfielder is definitely one for the future and also the present.
Mason Mount received a call-up to England’s senior squad back in October 2018, and there was a sense of intrigue around the promising midfielder’s inclusion, as England boss Gareth Southgate has already seen the potential in the young Chelsea midfielder.
The Chelsea wonderkid had enjoyed a hugely successful 2017-18 campaign on loan at Eredivisie side Vitesse and has now proven that he can make it big in the English game.
Mount joined Chelsea at the tender age of six, and smoothly progressed through the ranks at Chelsea, winning two FA Youth Cups and the UEFA Youth League before joining up with the Under-23s.
Mount has progressed since then and the youngster is typically praised for his goals and assists from midfield, while those who have followed him keenly can spot that he has a level of technique not usually found in English football.
A first hat-trick in English football for Mount came in Derby’s recent 4-0 win over Bolton Wanderers and he had admitted that Chelsea legend Frank Lampard is his football hero. Working with Lampard – who was renowned for his goals from midfield – seems to be rubbing off on Mount, and the young midfielder can go on to become one of the best in the Premier League in the near future.
Blues legend Frank Lampard who’s currently manager of Derby County has gone on to reveal that another youngster who deserves a shot at the top next season is the amazing Mason Mount.
Lampard told Goal: “Firstly, he has the potential to be a top player, and I mean that. He broke into the England squad which I thought was a great achievement after playing for us. I think he can go as far as he wants. I have seen a progression in him now.
“He has played two-thirds of a season now in the Championship, which is full throttle and very taxing on a young midfielder to be the creator that he is. Also the amount of work he does off the ball for us, which I think goes unnoticed, he has been fantastic in doing that for us.
“He is a player who really wants to learn and be at the top. It is as important as the talent itself. He works fantastically hard. He is a good team-mate and he has the talent to go to the top. He has been a pleasure to work with.
“His choices have been really good. He was very successful in the Chelsea academy and youth team, as a team and for him as an individual. He took a leap to go abroad. That in itself, in terms of his personality, says a lot and he performed brilliantly there in terms of goals and assists.
“He has come to the Championship and performed very well here as well. So I think everyone’s pathway is different. We know that at Chelsea it is quite difficult to get into their first team at 17, 18 or 19 years of age, but he hasn’t sat still. He has actually gone out and played and played a lot of games.
“I would be delighted for him [to play for Chelsea]. I know what a great lad he is as well. He works so hard, and he has a good mentality. If anyone deserves it, it will be Mason, and I would be absolutely delighted for him to get in that team.”