The CHELSEA and ENGLAND midfielder chats to MATCH about his rapid rise from highly-rated wonderkid to total Premier League and international superstar!
MASON SAYS: “We talk every day, especially after games, on what I can
do better, where I can make runs and where to get into the box. His advice on finishing is to be calm and try to pick out a corner, rather than snatching at shots. As an attacking midfielder, I couldn’t learn off anyone better than him!”
FOOTY ROLE MODEL!
MASON SAYS: “Growing up, I don’t think I had posters of Frank on my wall – I think I had Lionel Messi posters! But no… being a Chelsea boy, he is obviously someone I’ve always looked up to and tried to take certain parts of his game into mine!”
VITESSE LOAN SPELL!
MASON SAYS: “Going to Holland at just 18 was the first big step in my career. My mentality got stronger living away from my family, and I’d definitely encourage playing abroad. You’ve seen it with Jadon Sancho and Reiss Nelson in Germany too. It’s a different type of experience and, coming back, you gain so much from it.”
MASON SAYS: “The Championship is a tough, tough league. You play twice a week, and going from the Dutch league – where I played once a week – to Derby in the Championship was a massive change. I learnt all the time, and I just wanted to play as much as I could. I’d been away for a year, so I wanted to come back and show what I could do!”
MASON SAYS: “Everyone knows how high-intensity the Premier League is, so you have to be ready for every opportunity that you get. It’s been a good start for me
– the goals and the performances have happened – and I’m looking forward to the rest of the season!”
MASON SAYS: “Me and Tammy are very close, having been throughout the different age levels here. Seeing him score so many goals is massive for the academy. The transfer ban maybe played a part, but you have to work hard to earn your place – and all the boys who stepped up have done that!”
MASON SAYS: “Gareth Southgate wanted me to train with the senior team for four days before the 2018 World Cup. It was surreal – I couldn’t believe it at first! As a kid, I always looked up to players like Wayne Rooney, Frank Lampard and David Beckham, so that made me even hungrier to get into the squad.”
THREE LIONS DEBUT!
MASON SAYS: “You always dream of that England call-up, so it’s hard to describe the feeling of stepping out for your country and making your debut! It was such a proud moment, but the competition for places is so high. The manager believes in everyone, so you have to train and play every day like it’s your last!”