Newcastle legend reveals how this Chelsea player surprised everyone on his first day of training

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Chelsea youngster Mason Mount has played an important role in Frank Lampard’s Chelsea side this season, but it all comes off an impressive season he had on loan with Championship side Derby County last term.

Newcastle United legend and Derby County goalkeeper coach has admitted he isn’t surprised with the performance of Mount after he left Derby’s players and coaching staff stunned with the way he performed in his first ever training session at the club following a loan move from Chelsea.

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Looking back on Mount’s impressive loan spell at Pride Park, Given told Goal: “The first training with us left the players thinking: ‘Wow, who is this guy?!’

“We knew about him as a young prospect at Chelsea who had done well in Holland [on loan with Vitesse], but it is not until he is actually on the training ground that you really see what kind of player he is.

“He was some player for us. His finishing, power, pace and work rate was great. He is just desperate to be the best he can be. Of course, he has played so many games this season for Chelsea and he was one of our best players at Derby.

“Even at Derby, they thought what a player he is going to be from the first training session and he went on from there.”

Mount scored 14 goals in 39 appearances during his loan spell with Vitesse and won the Dutch outfit’s Player of the Year award. The following season, he went on to star in the Championship, racking up nine goals and four assists for Derby County under Frank Lampard.

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