Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has been waxing lyrical about the ability of talented young Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount.
Lampard took his first steps into management earlier this summer when he joined Championship side Derby County and the Blues all-time leading goalscorer was quick to make the best of his Stamford Bridge connections by bringing Mount to his new club on loan for the upcoming season.
19-year-old England youth international Mount has long been heralded as one of Chelsea’s most promising young talents, and impressed massively on loan at Dutch side Vitesse last season, scoring nine goals in 29 Eredivise appearances, a feat which saw him voted the clubs Player of the Year, despite his tender age.
Lampard reckons the youngster has everything he needs to succeed and he told the Derby Telegraph that it is Mount’s ability to arrive into the oppositions box at the right time that separates him from his peers:
“I hate to put pressure on [Mount], but I have so much belief in his quality,” Lampard said.
“Mason has got great quality, great energy which you saw, speed in his game, awareness and he scored goals last year in Holland.
“He has got the ability to end up in the six-yard box, as we saw with the goal against Wolves.
“That is something that can define a midfielder player from the rest of the group – someone who can not only be very good in the middle of the park, but can arrive in the box and score. Too many midfielders don’t want to go the extra yard, but he does and then things like that happen.
“Without heaping too much on Mason, I think he can be very good for us this season. At 19 years of age, it is all in his hands.”