Blues youngster Mason Mount has topped off his fine season in the Netherlands as he picked up the Player of the Year award with Vitesse Arnhem.
Chelsea's loan policy has faced much criticism in recent years but the club's strong link with Vitesse Arnhem appears to be paying off for 19-year-old starlet Mason Mount.
The academy prospect has been in fine form for the Dutch outfit this season, scoring 9 goals and racking up 8 assists in his first season in professional football on his way to being voted as Vitesse Supporter's Player of the Year. Mason becomes the third Chelsea loanee to collect the award, following in the footsteps of Christian Atsu (2013-14) and Slobodan Rajkovic (2010-11).
Mount is set for contract talks with his home club this summer but will probably be loaned out once again next season with interest from a host of clubs across Europe.
The Sun report that Ajax, Sporting Lisbon and Werder Bremen will battle out to acquire the England U19 star on loan next season.
Playing first team football is crucial for Chelsea's young players but should Mason Mount be sent abroad or prove himself in the Premier League before his return to Chelsea?
The club's two major success stories from the loan system have been Thibaut Courtois and Andreas Christensen, two players who spent consecutive seasons on loan abroad. Courtois and Christensen were both voted Player of the Year for their retrospective clubs on loan in their second season, a feat that Mount has achieved in his first.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham, two of Chelsea's most promising prospects, applied their trade for relegation battling teams in the Premier League this season. It appears Loftus-Cheek has stepped up and proved that he is ready to return to Chelsea whereas Abraham could be set for another loan.
Previous Chelsea loanees could not cut it in the Premier League and perhaps would have suited a move abroad. Patrick Bamford was not risked for either Crystal Palace or Burnley as they battled relegation and spent the majority of their time on loan benched, a feat that would hinder Mason Mount's progress.
It will be interesting to see where the Vitesse Supporter's Player of the Year ends up next season, perhaps staying around the Chelsea first team as Europa League football looks likely would be suitable for a man who has performed so well in the competition this season. Marcus Rashford burst on the scene at Manchester United after a string of good performances in the competition after all.