Ruben Loftus-Cheek will be absent next season, but Chelsea can make decision to get the next Frank Lampard for free

Chelsea will be without Ruben Loftus-Cheek for the majority of next season after the midfielder is confirmed to need almost 12 months of rehabilitation.

The news that the emerging attacking midfielder will not be part of Maurizio Sarri’s squad is a big blow to the club’s chances of competing with Liverpool and Manchester City, but they have the solution right there in their squad and do not need to fight FIFA over the transfer ban. At Derby County, Frank Lampard may have groomed a player capable of stepping into his all-action shoes in the Blues midfield.

Mason Mount has shown over the years he has what it takes to be tagged the ‘next Lampard’. He has scored the goals and grabbed the assists that keep pushing his team to higher standards. Derby look a better team with him in the side and if Sarri was concerned about how he fills the void in midfield when Mateo Kovacic returns to Real Madrid, Mount is his man.

The 20-year old who has scored 11 goals for Derby this season from midfield will be a handful for Premier League opposition and he needs to be trusted by the top hierarchy at Chelsea. He certainly provides a reminder of Chelsea icon – Frank Lampard.