Frank Lampard reckons Mason Mount can only get better after the youngster rounded off an impressive debut campaign in the Premier League with a fine free-kick to confirm Chelsea’s place in the top four.
Having spent last season on loan working with Lampard at Derby County, the youngster was afforded an opportunity to impress at his parent club, the club’s all-time leading goalscorer having returned to take over the managerial hot seat at Stamford Bridge.
Mount has gone on to repay Lampard’s faith, starting 32 of the Blues’ Premier League games this season, scoring seven goals and providing five assists.
Chelsea secured a place in next season’s Champions League with a 2-0 win over Wolves this afternoon, Mount scoring a peach of a free-kick late in the first half, and Lampard has backed the 21-year-old to continue to get better.
“He’ll definitely get better, because he is so young and sometimes when a player comes in and plays in their breakthrough year and stays consistently in the team, people maybe think they are older than they are,” Lampard said at his post match press conference.
“He is still young and his technique today for the free-kick is a special technique. Only top players can strike a ball that way and his all-round game for the season has been brilliant, his work ethic and how he handles himself daily in training is brilliant, and he will get a lot better. He has contributed a huge amount and that is just a start for Mason at Chelsea.
“We have seen breakthrough seasons and we have seen players who were on loan in the Championship last season come in and perform, and we have seen the stories of players like Giroud and Willian and Kovacic and Jorginho, people who have really contributed during the year, so it is always a team effort and a collective effort of staff and players and I have to say I am proud.”
Lampard also reserved special praise for former Barcelona winger Pedro, who is set to leave the club this summer, with Roma expected to be the 32-year-old’s next destination.
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“I want to talk about Pedro because he has played his last game for the club and the lads have just pretty much serenaded him in the dressing room and rightly so, because of the career he has had generally and because of the career he has had at this club.
“The impact he has had here has been huge. I want to make a big thank you to Peds and wish him well. He is here for our remaining games but a big player for the club leaves and the spirit I saw afterwards is something that is pretty special.”